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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, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
2. What has made some changes in the face of the Negro?
3. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?
4. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?
5. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of having the evil and immoral characters played by very dark complected Negroes in the film Carmen Jones?
2. Describe Baldwin's Fresnes experience.
3. In the essay entitled Everybody's Protest Novel, why does Baldwin use the first person narrative perspective?
4. What roles does religion play in the life of the Negro?
5. Why does Baldwin conclude that the religion of the villagers is Catholicism?
6. What did the Melodeers do to displease Mrs. Price?
7. Describe how Baldwin's Harlem compares to his parent's Harlem.
8. Why do you think Baldwin decided to reveal his own personal reflections in the chapter entitled Notes of a Native Son?
9. What is Henry Wallace's role in the Progressive Party?
10. Who was Clarence Warde and what role did he play in the Journey to Atlanta?
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
Baldwin wrote each of the essays in the book Notes of a Native Son between 1940 and 1959 and he published each in various publications during that time. Why do you think Baldwin selected these particular essays for inclusion in the book? 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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