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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 does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?
(a) Because Whites want to believe the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(b) Because African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(c) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(d) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.

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

3. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?
(a) At the point where the individual rejects all other ties and history to other nations and receives their U.S. citizenship from the government.
(b) At the point that the person enters the country and adopts the venture of the adopted land.
(c) At the point where the individual rejects all other ties and history to other nations and adopts the venture of the adopted land.
(d) At the point where the individual reaches Ellis Island in New York.

4. Where is Atlanta located?
(a) Mississippi.
(b) Georgia.
(c) Tennessee.
(d) New York.

5. What newspaper rivaled the Amsterdam Star-News in the 1940s?
(a) The Afro-American.
(b) The People's Voice.
(c) The New York Times.
(d) The Pittsburgh Courier.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

2. Where is Harlem located?

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

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

5. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Amsterdam Star-News.

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

4. Why does Baldwin criticize Richard Wright's book, Native Son?

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

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

7. Describe the Swiss village that Baldwin visits in the essay Stranger in the Village.

8. Describe the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones.

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

10. How does Baldwin escape prosecution in Paris?

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