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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?
(a) Joe Adams.
(b) Sidney Poitier.
(c) Harry Belafonte.
(d) Sammy Davis, Jr.

2. Who played the lead role of Carmen in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Lena Horne.
(b) Dorothy Dandridge.
(c) Pearl Bailey.
(d) Carmen Jones.

3. Where is Harlem located?
(a) New Jersey.
(b) California.
(c) Georgia.
(d) New York.

4. Of all Americans, who does Baldwin say Negroes distrust the most?
(a) Musicians.
(b) Jews.
(c) Lawyers.
(d) Politicians.

5. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?
(a) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom.
(b) Aunt Jemima and Carmen Jones.
(c) Aunt Jemima and Othello.
(d) Carmen Jones and Uncle Tom.

6. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?
(a) To prove slavery is wrong.
(b) To show the every day life of a slave.
(c) To tell the true story of Uncle Tom.
(d) To abolish slavery.

7. Which of the following artists was mentioned in the Harlem Ghetto chapter as having a column in the People's Voice?
(a) Dorothy Dandridge.
(b) Harry Belafonte.
(c) Lena Horne.
(d) Joe Adams.

8. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Colonial.
(b) Civil rights era.
(c) Slavery era.
(d) Pre-civil rights era.

9. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?
(a) Letters to the editor.
(b) Lifestyle sections of the Black magazines.
(c) Ebony magazine.
(d) The front pages of the Negro newspapers.

10. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?
(a) He stands in fear of creation.
(b) He stands in fear of God.
(c) He stands in fear of man.
(d) He stands in fear of beast.

11. What are protest novels?
(a) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.
(b) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.
(c) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.
(d) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.

12. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) The story of Americans.
(b) The story of the original American settlers.
(c) The story of African Americans.
(d) The story of Native Americans.

13. How long did the quartet's trip to Atlanta last?
(a) 18 days.
(b) 16 days.
(c) 14 days.
(d) 20 days.

14. What was the aim of the quartet groups like the Melodeers?
(a) To travel to other parts of the country.
(b) To make a livelihood from music.
(c) To sing at churches.
(d) To change Whites' views of Black music.

15. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?
(a) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with the role of the lead male Negro.
(b) The cleanliness makes white audiences view the black actors as equals.
(c) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with seeing Negroes in familiar situations.
(d) The cleanliness makes white audiences want to watch more Negro movies.

Short Answer Questions

1. Although it is known that African Americans are not biologically or mentally inferior, what occurred during the World War II?

2. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?

3. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?

4. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

5. What are there more of in Harlem than any other ghetto in the city?

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