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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 point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?
(a) First person limited narrative.
(b) Third person narrative.
(c) Second person narrative.
(d) First person narrative.

2. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) A series of shadows.
(b) A series of mishaps.
(c) A gloomy mist.
(d) A mass of darkness.

3. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Black No More.
(b) Carmen Jones.
(c) Uncle Tom's Cabin.
(d) Native Son.

4. What negative stereotype does the character Carmen Jones perpetuate?
(a) The stereotype of rampant sexuality.
(b) The stereotype of light skinned Negroes being smarter than dark skinned Negroes.
(c) The stereotype of Negro women being the desire of white men's lust.
(d) The stereotype of subservient Negro women.

5. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?
(a) The questions it leaves about the relationship between Whites and Negroes.
(b) The changes it suggests about the lives of Negroes.
(c) The questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.
(d) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?

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

3. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

4. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?

5. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Baldwin, how do the Europeans react to the American Negro's presence in Paris?

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

3. What is the significance of the protest novel?

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

5. Describe Baldwin's father.

6. What did Baldwin determine is the main similarity that the American Negro and the French Negro share?

7. Why were the Melodeers performing in the south?

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

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

10. How are Ebony and Our World Magazines different?

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