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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Although it is known that African Americans are not biologically or mentally inferior, what occurred during the World War II?
(a) The troops were segregated.
(b) The troops were integrated.
(c) African Americans were not allowed to fight.
(d) The troops were evaluated.

2. What two big name magazines, popular in the African American community in the 1940s, are mentioned in the chapter entitled The Harlem Ghetto?
(a) Ebony and Jet.
(b) Ebony and Essence.
(c) Ebony and Our World.
(d) Essence and Jet.

3. 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.

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

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

6. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?
(a) There are no white people to which the Negroes may be compared.
(b) The all-Negro cast is less intimidating.
(c) White people do not want to see an interracial cast.
(d) The Negroes would see a movie with an all-Negro cast.

7. According to Baldwin, both the Negro and the Jew are characterized as:
(a) Religious.
(b) Helpless.
(c) Cheerful.
(d) Jobless.

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

9. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
(b) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(c) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.
(d) Black men are inferior to white men.

10. What biblical story does Baldwin say allows the Blacks to identify with Jews?
(a) Moses' deliverance from Egypt.
(b) God's Covenant with Abraham.
(c) Jesus' crucifixion.
(d) God's creation of Adam.

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

12. 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 white men only like subservient black men and women.
(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 Negroes are always angry at white men.
(d) 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.

13. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?
(a) Because they do not show the intermingling of working class Negroes and Whites.
(b) Because it does not accurately portray the American ghetto.
(c) Because they do not accurately portray the environments of the working class Negroes characterized in the movie.
(d) Because they do not accurately portray the working-class.

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

15. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?
(a) Amoral.
(b) Immortal
(c) Immortal.
(d) Moral.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?

2. What newspaper rivaled the Amsterdam Star-News in the 1940s?

3. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?

4. Who played the lead male role in the film Carmen Jones?

5. Where is Harlem located?

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