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

2. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

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

4. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?

5. What was the political affiliation of the Amsterdam Star-News?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did seeing the hotel monogram on the sheets mean nothing to Baldwin?

2. Describe Baldwin's father.

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

4. According to Baldwin, how do white Americans react to the American Negro's presence in Paris?

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

6. What is the significance of the protest novel?

7. How does Baldwin escape prosecution in Paris?

8. How does Baldwin use Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin?

9. Why do you think Baldwin distrusts his father's warnings about the weight of white people in the world?

10. Describe Baldwin's tone in Everybody's Protest Novel.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the chapter Many Thousands Gone, Baldwin describes what it means to be a "Native Son" for black men. In a later essay, Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin describes his life as a "Native Son." How does Baldwin's description compare to his personal account? In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? 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 Equal in Paris, Baldwin chooses to live in Paris, a place where he is considered a stranger. How does Baldwin's experience as a stranger in Paris differ from his experience as a stranger in his own country, the United States? Likewise, what similarities exist between Baldwin's experience as a stranger in Paris and the United States? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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