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. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?

2. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

3. What type of accommodations were promised to the Melodeers prior to leaving for Atlanta?

4. Of all Americans, who does Baldwin say Negroes distrust the most?

5. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the appearance and the role of Mrs. Branson Price.

2. Why does Baldwin think that there is nowhere on earth for the black man to call home?

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

4. According to Baldwin, how does an individual become an American? And what does this mean for African Americans?

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

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

7. How does Baldwin escape prosecution in Paris?

8. How does Baldwin describe the social climate that existed when Richard Wright was writing Native Son?

9. What is the main difference between the American Negro and the French Negro?

10. Why is the American Negro envious of the French African?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Isolation is a major theme throughout Baldwin's book Notes of a Native Son. What reasons do you think African Americans abroad had for choosing to isolate themselves from other African Americans abroad? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Baldwin describes his relationship with his father in Notes of a Native Son. After his father's death, Baldwin feels a sense of melancholy that he never had a chance to bond with his father. Why do you think Baldwin feels this way? What regrets, if any, do you think Baldwin had at the end of his father's life? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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