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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. According to Baldwin, both the Negro and the Jew are characterized as:

2. How does Baldwin say American life compares to life in other parts of the world in the 1940s?

3. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

4. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?

5. Where is Atlanta located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Baldwin, what stereotypical qualities do Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom share?

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

4. How does Baldwin describe the Richard Wright's book, Native Son?

5. In the essay entitled Everybody's Protest Novel, why does Baldwin use the first person narrative perspective?

6. Why were the Melodeers performing in the south?

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

8. Why does the American Negro escape to Paris?

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

10. Why did seeing the hotel monogram on the sheets mean nothing to Baldwin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the essay Journey to Atlanta, Baldwin retells the story of the Melodeers' trip to Atlanta. What types of style and tone techniques does Baldwin use in this essay and for what purpose does he use these forms? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin makes reference to stereotypical and unrealistic black characters such as Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, and Carmen Jones. In your opinion, do these stereotypical figures represent the story of America? If so, how do these images represent the story of America? How do these images represent the lives of African Americans? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter Many Thousands Gone, Baldwin describes what it means to be a "Native Son" for black men. In a later essay, Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin describes his life as a "Native Son." How does Baldwin's description compare to his personal account? In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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