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

2. What is the setting of the opening of Native Son?

3. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?

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

5. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Baldwin's first experience with real-world hatred.

2. Why does Baldwin use the theme of racial prejudice to set the topic and tone for Notes of a Native Son?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Baldwin's Fresnes experience.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Baldwin writes about the struggle for African Americans to find their own identity in the United States. Based on Baldwin's essays, do you think African Americans will be able to find their identity as American citizens or will they always have to "escape" in order to try to find their identity? 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

Baldwin writes the essays in the book Notes of a Native Son using more of a conventional style rather than an academic style. Analyze Baldwin's conventional approach to writing. How does Baldwin's conventional approach to writing enhance the book Notes of a Native Son? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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