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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 does Cleaver say America thinks of itself collectively?
2. What does Cleaver say the noble men of the past used to be like?
3. What race was 16 percent of the people sent to Vietnam?
4. What Communist nation does Cleaver talk about in this chapter?
5. What does Cleaver say a black man was willing to do for his white master?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the correlation between the Negro revolution and the war in Vietnam?
2. Why does Cleaver think that white women seek out men socially beneath them?
3. Why does Cleaver think President Johnson opposes sit-ins and teach-ins?
4. Why does Cleaver call his fellow prisoners eunuchs?
5. Why does Cleaver think the Negro is proving a success in the Sixties?
6. Summarize the final chapter.
7. What reason does Cleaver give for the riot in Watts?
8. What does Cleaver write about their relationship in his second letter to Axelrod?
9. What does Axelrod say in her reply to Cleaver's first letter?
10. Why don't the younger men like the elderly black prisoner in Chapter 13?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What major events had a profound affect on Cleaver's life and how did they change him?
Essay Topic 2
Look at the structure of the book.
1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?
2) Examine the way Cleaver uses other people in the story to express his ideas.
Essay Topic 3
Choose one of the following people and outline his/her influence on Eldridge Cleaver 's life and ideas.
1) Malcom X
2) Beverly Axelrod
3) President Kennedy
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