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. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?

2. Who was the legal guardian and road manager of the Melodeers during their journey to Atlanta?

3. In what year was the all-Black production of Carmen Jones released?

4. Protest novels are said to resemble:

5. What's the name of Baldwin's brother who relayed his experience with the Melodeers in Atlanta?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Baldwin get upset when the children in the Swiss Village call him Neger on the streets?

3. According to Baldwin, how does an individual become an American? And what does this mean for African Americans?

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

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

6. Describe the lead characters, Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, in Carmen Jones.

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

8. What is the significance of the protest novel?

9. What is the significance of having the evil and immoral characters played by very dark complected Negroes in the film Carmen Jones?

10. Describe Baldwin's relationship with his new friend that he meets in Paris in the essay Equal in Paris.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The purpose of Baldwin's essays is to analyze, understand and deal with racial prejudice. Choose one or two of Baldwin's essays and discuss how the essay incorporates this purpose of analysis, understanding, and dealing with racial prejudice. 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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