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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Baldwin escape to Paris?
(a) To study French culture.
(b) To escape the racial prejudice of Africa.
(c) To escape the racial prejudice of America.
(d) To live with a French family.

2. What prison was Baldwin's friend sent to that he was forbidden to enter?
(a) Sorbonne.
(b) La Mese.
(c) La Santé.
(d) Fresnes.

3. What performer did Baldwin believe would be remembered for their performance as the embattled solider in Broadway's Deep Are the Roots?
(a) Joe Adams.
(b) Otto Preminger.
(c) Harry Belafonte.
(d) Gordon Heath.

4. How did the French see Baldwin in the commissariat?
(a) As an American Negro.
(b) As an American.
(c) As a French man.
(d) As a French Negro.

5. According to Baldwin, what does the black man in American struggle to find?
(a) His real family.
(b) His former slave master.
(c) His childhood memories.
(d) His own identity.

6. Approximately how many American Negroes were living in Paris during the 1950s?
(a) 600.
(b) 450.
(c) 500.
(d) 400.

7. Where did Baldwin live while in Paris?
(a) French hotels.
(b) French motels.
(c) The home of French friends.
(d) A rented apartment.

8. How does Baldwin describe the entertainment industry in Paris for American performers in the 1940s and 50s?
(a) Complicated.
(b) Difficult.
(c) Prosperous.
(d) Easy.

9. According to Baldwin, what has the African not yet endured that the American Negro has endured?
(a) Alienation from his people and his past.
(b) Transcontinential travel.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Colonization.

10. According to Baldwin, what discovery brings an end to the alienation of the American student in Paris?
(a) Discovering European culture.
(b) Discovering American culture.
(c) Discovering America from the vantage point of the French African.
(d) Discovering America from the vantage point of Europe.

11. What did Baldwin claim that the soldiers who studied in Paris had in common with the rest of the soliders that fought in the war?
(a) They both spoke French.
(b) They both studied French culture.
(c) They both wore uniforms.
(d) They both were Black.

12. Who were the only white people that visited Baldwin's childhood home?
(a) Welfare workers and bill collectors.
(b) Bill Collectors and police officers.
(c) Welfare workers and teachers.
(d) Welfare workers and police officers.

13. Why does Baldwin assume that the Swiss village is not Protestant?
(a) The Swiss villagers have Buddhist temples in their homes.
(b) There are no Protestant churches.
(c) The synagogue are open more often.
(d) The Catholic churches are open more often.

14. What did Baldwin drink before his father's funeral?
(a) Gin.
(b) Tea.
(c) Milk.
(d) Whiskey.

15. What food was always in the reoccurring nightmares that Baldwin had while in Fresnes?
(a) Sweet potato pie.
(b) His mother's macaroni and cheese.
(c) Collard greens.
(d) His mother's fried chicken.

Short Answer Questions

1. What tool(s) does Baldwin take with him to the Swiss village?

2. Whose records did Baldwin's father forbid his children to play?

3. Instead of discussing the past, what does Baldwin suggest the American Negro and Whites discuss while in Paris in the 1940s and 50s?

4. In what year did Baldwin's father die?

5. What term does Baldwin use to describe the lives of American student in Paris in the 1950s?

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