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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 claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?
(a) Every weapon possible.
(b) American History.
(c) Religion.
(d) Knowledge of American society.

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

3. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?
(a) Immortal.
(b) Amoral.
(c) Moral.
(d) Immortal

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

5. What is the setting of the opening of Native Son?
(a) The projects of the Bronx, NY.
(b) A Harlem apartment.
(c) A YMCA in Atlanta, GA.
(d) A Chicago tenement.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

2. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?

3. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Baldwin's father.

2. Describe the lead characters, Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, in Carmen Jones.

3. Why does the American Negro escape to Paris?

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

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

6. What is the significance of the protest novel?

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

8. Describe Baldwin's tone in Everybody's Protest Novel.

9. Why doesn't Baldwin get upset when the children in the Swiss Village call him Neger on the streets?

10. Describe Baldwin's Fresnes experience.

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