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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?
(a) Everyone should be as alike as possible.
(b) Everyone should connect to their cultural identity.
(c) Everyone should be as different as possible.
(d) Everyone should reconnect to American history.

2. How does Baldwin describe the relationship between the Negroes and the Jews in Harlem?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Contentious.
(c) Unwanted.
(d) Amicable.

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

4. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.
(b) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(c) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(d) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.

5. 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) An extra tour.
(c) The trip to Atlanta.
(d) Only one chaperone for the group.

Short Answer Questions

1. Since Negroes have been in this country, Baldwin writes that their one devastating gain was:

2. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?

3. What was the name of the establishment where the Melodeers ate their meals while in Atlanta?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Baldwin living a bleak life in Paris before he befriends a man from New York?

2. According to Baldwin, how does an individual become an American? And what does this mean for African Americans?

3. Why does Baldwin not praise the movie Carmen Jones and its cast for breaking racial barriers?

4. In the essay entitled Everybody's Protest Novel, why does Baldwin use the first person narrative perspective?

5. What did the Melodeers do to displease Mrs. Price?

6. What is the significance of having the evil and immoral characters played by very dark complected Negroes in the film Carmen Jones?

7. Why don't the individuals in the Swiss village identify black people as negative?

8. Who was Clarence Warde and what role did he play in the Journey to Atlanta?

9. Describe the Swiss village that Baldwin visits in the essay Stranger in the Village.

10. According to Baldwin, why are the mannerisms of the character Carmen Jones based on rampant sexuality?

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