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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?
(a) Native Son.
(b) Othello.
(c) Black Boy.
(d) Little Women.

2. What was the name of the establishment where the Melodeers ate their meals while in Atlanta?
(a) Fraziers' Diner.
(b) Hunter Street Café.
(c) Fraziers' Café.
(d) Red's Diner.

3. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?
(a) Because Whites has a great influence in Black politics.
(b) Because Blacks did care about politics.
(c) Because Blacks were in need of money.
(d) Because it was treated with little respect.

4. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?
(a) Black.
(b) Green.
(c) White.
(d) Red.

5. What is the setting of the opening of Native Son?
(a) A Chicago tenement.
(b) A Harlem apartment.
(c) A YMCA in Atlanta, GA.
(d) The projects of the Bronx, NY.

6. How does Baldwin say American life compares to life in other parts of the world in the 1940s?
(a) Life in America moves slower.
(b) Life in America moves faster.
(c) Life in America moves at the same pace as other places in the world.
(d) People in America are indifferent to what is going on in other parts of the world.

7. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?
(a) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that stereotypical images share laudatory and heinous qualities with the best possible traits coming to the surface for white consumption.
(b) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story of hatred and the idea that Negroes can only become validated if they become more like white men.
(c) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that white men only like subservient black men and women.
(d) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that Negroes are always angry at white men.

8. 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.

9. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?
(a) Knowledge of American society.
(b) American History.
(c) Every weapon possible.
(d) Religion.

10. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?
(a) The homes of Progressive Party members.
(b) a Negro motel.
(c) YWCA.
(d) YMCA.

11. What's the name of Baldwin's brother who relayed his experience with the Melodeers in Atlanta?
(a) Richard.
(b) David.
(c) James.
(d) Brian.

12. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Racial prejudice.
(b) Apartheid.
(c) Self-worth.
(d) Self-righteousness.

13. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) A series of shadows.
(b) A mass of darkness.
(c) A gloomy mist.
(d) A series of mishaps.

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

15. Who is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(b) George S. Schuyler.
(c) Richard Wright.
(d) James Baldwin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?

2. Which of the following artists was mentioned in the Harlem Ghetto chapter as having a column in the People's Voice?

3. Where is Harlem located?

4. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?

5. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?

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