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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's friend sent to that he was forbidden to enter?
2. How does Baldwin describe the housing of all students living in the Latin Quarter?
3. What university were American soldiers attending in Paris?
4. What tool(s) does Baldwin take with him to the Swiss village?
5. According to Baldwin, which students are successfully entrenched in Parisian lifestyle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Notes of a Native Son is a collection of essays written by James Baldwin to illuminate the life conditions of the Negro people during the 1940s and 1950s pre-civil rights era.
In your opinion, what audience did Baldwin want to read this book? Who was his target audience? Did he write his book for African Americans, Whites, Non-Americans, etc? Why do you think he wrote the book for the audience you have identified as his target audience? 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
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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