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

2. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?

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

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

5. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the American Negro escape to Paris?

3. Describe the Amsterdam Star-News.

4. How does Baldwin describe the American student colony in Paris?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Carmen Jones: The Dark is Light Enough, Baldwin criticizes the all-black version of Carmen Jones for its unrealistic portrayal of African American life, its emphasis on negative stereotypes, and it's "whitening" of African American life. However, this film was considered a major breakthrough venue of African American actors in the 1950s. What were Baldwin's criticisms? Why do you think Baldwin criticizes this film? How do the roles in the film affirm Baldwin's criticisms? 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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