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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many of Baldwin's brothers were in the quartet?

2. What two big name magazines, popular in the African American community in the 1940s, are mentioned in the chapter entitled The Harlem Ghetto?

3. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?

4. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?

5. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Baldwin experiences a sense of melancholy after his father's death?

3. Why does the American Negro escape to Paris?

4. How does Baldwin describe the social climate that existed when Richard Wright was writing Native Son?

5. What is the main difference between the American Negro and the French Negro?

6. Why is the American Negro envious of the French African?

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

8. Describe the Amsterdam Star-News.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the essay Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin uses his personal experience to describe his life as a native son. How does Baldwin's personal account as a Native Son compare to his summary and criticism of the book Native Son in the essay Many Thousands Gone? Does his account address the issues he had with the original story? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Based on Baldwin's essays Carmen Jones: The Dark is Light Enough and The Harlem Ghetto, what role did media (i.e. newspapers, magazines, and film) have on the life of the Negro in the 1940s and 1950s? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In the essay entitled Many Thousands Gone, Baldwin refers to the story of the Negro in America as the story of America. How is the story of the Negro in America the story of America? What about the Negroes' story makes it representative of America and American society? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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