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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. Who was the representative of the Progressive Party in Atlanta?
(a) Mrs. Dorothy Dandridge.
(b) Mrs. Frank Johnson.
(c) Mr. Henry Wallace.
(d) Mrs. Branson Price.

2. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?
(a) Red.
(b) White.
(c) Green.
(d) Black.

3. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Slavery era.
(b) Civil rights era.
(c) Colonial.
(d) Pre-civil rights era.

4. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Racial prejudice.
(b) Self-worth.
(c) Self-righteousness.
(d) Apartheid.

5. Who played the lead male role in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Harry Belafonte.
(b) Joe Adams.
(c) Sammy Davis, Jr.
(d) Sidney Poitier.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?

2. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Whites?

3. Where did the Melodeers ultimately end up rehearsing for their performances in Atlanta?

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

5. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What allows those former soldiers studying in Paris to remain abroad?

3. Describe Baldwin's first experience with real-world hatred.

4. According to Baldwin, what is the legend of Paris? What is the legend's connection to reality?

5. Why has Baldwin written extensively about the Negro press?

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

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

8. Why did many of the Americans that chose to study in Paris after the war, return to the United States?

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

10. Describe Baldwin's relationship with his father.

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