Notes of a Native Son Test | 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. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?

2. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?

3. What does Baldwin say is the hatred symbol of Georgia?

4. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

5. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the protest novel?

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

3. Why were the Melodeers performing in the south?

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

5. Why do you think Baldwin decided to reveal his own personal reflections in the chapter entitled Notes of a Native Son?

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

7. How does Baldwin escape prosecution in Paris?

8. According to Baldwin, why are the mannerisms of the character Carmen Jones based on rampant sexuality?

9. Why does Baldwin not praise the movie Carmen Jones and its cast for breaking racial barriers?

10. Describe Baldwin's relationship with his father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Isolation is a major theme throughout Baldwin's book Notes of a Native Son. What reasons do you think African Americans abroad had for choosing to isolate themselves from other African Americans abroad? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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