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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. What does Baldwin say is the hatred symbol of Harlem?
(a) The Black man.
(b) The Jew.
(c) The Negro.
(d) The Mulatto.

2. According to Baldwin, if black faces cannot be made white then what other way can they be changed in order to be less offensive to white society?
(a) Blank.
(b) Light.
(c) Clear.
(d) White.

3. What genre of film is the movie Carmen Jones?
(a) Comedy.
(b) Horror.
(c) Drama .
(d) Opera.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?

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

3. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?

4. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

5. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Baldwin think that there is nowhere on earth for the black man to call home?

2. What is the purpose of the book Notes of a Native Son?

3. Why does Baldwin escape to Switzerland?

4. What is the significance of having both the lead characters in the film Carmen Jones cast by light-complected Negroes?

5. Why did ex-GIs question their identity while studying in Paris?

6. Why does the American Negro escape to Paris?

7. Describe Baldwin's relationship with his new friend that he meets in Paris in the essay Equal in Paris.

8. How did Baldwin receive word about the journey to Atlanta?

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

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

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