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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. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?
(a) To tell the true story of Uncle Tom.
(b) To prove slavery is wrong.
(c) To abolish slavery.
(d) To show the every day life of a slave.

2. Who is the author of Native Son?
(a) Langston Hughes.
(b) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(c) James Baldwin.
(d) Richard Wright.

3. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Overweight.
(b) Brown eyes.
(c) Coarse hair.
(d) Dark colored skin.

4. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Dark colored skin.
(b) Fine hair.
(c) Light colored skin.
(d) Blue eyes.

5. Who was the presidential candidate representing the Progressive Party at the time Baldwin wrote this essay?
(a) James Jordan.
(b) Henry Wallace.
(c) Clarence Warde.
(d) Paul Roberson.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?

2. Although it is known that African Americans are not biologically or mentally inferior, what occurred during the World War II?

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

4. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?

5. Where is Harlem located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the limitations that make it hard for Baldwin to tolerate the French prison system?

3. How does Baldwin use Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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

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

6. Describe how Baldwin's Harlem compares to his parent's Harlem.

7. What roles does religion play in the life of the Negro?

8. Why does Baldwin escape to Switzerland?

9. Describe Baldwin's father.

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

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