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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 does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?

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

4. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

5. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Baldwin escape to Switzerland?

3. What is Henry Wallace's role in the Progressive Party?

4. Describe how Baldwin's Harlem compares to his parent's Harlem.

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

6. According to Baldwin, what is the legend of Paris? What is the legend's connection to reality?

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

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

9. Why does Baldwin address the phenomenon of Americans choosing to remain in Paris after World War II?

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

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

In the essay Journey to Atlanta, Baldwin recounts the Melodeers' experience with prejudice in Atlanta. Why do you think it was significant for Baldwin to point out the prejudice that occurred on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line? What does the Mason-Dixon Line represent? What is the significance of the Mason-Dixon Line and the Melodeers' trip down south? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In the essay entitled, A Question of Identity, Baldwin finds it ironic that many Americans opted to remain in Europe after the war to experience the cultural freedoms available there, but later returned to the Unites States hungry for the rules and society in which they were raised. Do you find this ironic? Why do you think African American men returned to the United States after spending time in Europe? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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