The Fire Next Time Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How is the term "Negro" used in the 1960's according to the author?

The term "Negro" is a derogatory term used to describe black or African American people. The term "Negro" is used interchangeably with the term African American. The author first uses this term in his mention of the so-called "Negro Problem" as it is identified by the majority of white America.

2. Describe what the author warns his nephew of in his letter in section one.

The author speaks passionately to his nephew about the problems that are present in America. He warns his nephew of both spiritual and emotional destruction that the Christian belief system as well as the American system of belief causes in men. He warns his nephew of the world that exists, and goes on to tell him about bitterness being a side effect of dealing with the issues in the world.

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