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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?
(a) Somewhat in the Jewish occupied areas.
(b) Not much.
(c) Not at all.
(d) A great deal.

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

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

4. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) George, Eliza, and Uncle Tom.
(b) Uncle Tom, Miss Ophelia, and Eliza.
(c) George, St. Clair, and Uncle Tom.
(d) George, Miss Ophelia, and Uncle Tom.

5. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Blacks?
(a) Problem Literature.
(b) Protest Literature.
(c) Social Literature.
(d) Change Literature.

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. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?
(a) Because the characters speak like stereotypical Negroes.
(b) Because the characters speak like enslaved Africans.
(c) Because the characters speak like northern born Negroes.
(d) Because the characters speak like antebellum Negroes adopting the patterns language of their masters.

8. 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) Black men are inferior to white men.
(b) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
(c) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(d) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.

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

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

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

12. What did the parents of the Melodeers oppose prior to their departure for Atlanta?
(a) Mr. Wades as the group's manager and guardian .
(b) The trip to Atlanta.
(c) Only one chaperone for the group.
(d) An extra tour.

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

14. Where is Atlanta located?
(a) Mississippi.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) New York.
(d) Georgia.

15. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.
(b) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.
(c) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
(d) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of accommodations were promised to the Melodeers prior to leaving for Atlanta?

3. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?

4. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?

5. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?

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