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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What prison was Baldwin sent to because of his last name?
2. Why does Baldwin escape to Paris?
3. What is the population of the town at the foot of the mountain, where many of the Swiss villagers shop and go to the movies?
4. What does Baldwin assume is the main religion of the Swiss village?
5. What gift did Baldwin's attorney friend bring him in prison?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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