The Fire Next Time Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what war does the author describe many of his friends enlisting in the service to fight in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?
(a) The Korean War.
(b) The Vietnam War.
(c) World War I.
(d) World War II.

2. What does the author say "changes, totally and forever, the nature of reality and brings into devastating question the true meaning of man's history" in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) "The threat of universal exctinction."
(b) "Hope itself."
(c) "The ambition toward a freer world."
(d) "The threat of social evolution."

3. Whom does the author describe as having stated that "the cry of 'violence' was not raised... when the Israelis fought to regain Israel, and, indeed, is raised only when black men indicate that they will fight for their rights"?
(a) Louis Farrakhan.
(b) Wallace Fard Muhammad.
(c) Malcolm X.
(d) Elijah Muhammad.

4. Where does the author describe listening to the Muslim speakers in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Broadway and 45th Street.
(b) 125th Street and Seventh Avenue.
(c) Delancey and Hickamore Streets.
(d) 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.

5. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to a large area of unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia?
(a) Gully.
(b) Corral.
(c) Steppe.
(d) Ravine.

6. Where did Rudyard Kipling live?
(a) England.
(b) Ireland.
(c) France.
(d) Canada.

7. What word from "Down at the Cross" means something continuing without pause or interruption?
(a) Petulant.
(b) Exuberant.
(c) Incessant.
(d) Explicit.

8. When did the Tunisians rise up against the French, according to the author in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1956.

9. In describing his dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home, the author states, "I began to see that Elijah's power came from his" what?
(a) "Ability to create a sense of calm."
(b) "Ambition."
(c) "Single-mindedness."
(d) "Articulation and sense of logic."

10. What kind of athletic career does the author describe pursuing but not succeeding at in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Football.
(b) Prize-fighting.
(c) Baseball.
(d) Basketball.

11. What does the word "bulwark" mean in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) A fencing sword.
(b) A rope attached to a roof.
(c) A chain.
(d) A defensive wall.

12. The author asserts in "Down at the Cross" that "a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be" what?
(a) "Spineless."
(b) "Scared."
(c) "Ignorant."
(d) "Isolated."

13. What word from "Down at the Cross" means impossible to stop or prevent?
(a) Plausible.
(b) Inexorable.
(c) Deplorable.
(d) Inexcusable.

14. Where does the author describe having dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Oakland.
(b) New York.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) Chicago.

15. The author states in "Down at the Cross," "White people hold the power, which means that they are" what?
(a) "Superior to blacks."
(b) "Free."
(c) "Inferior to blacks."
(d) "Selfish."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the author going when he crossed Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and the policeman made a racial slur toward him in "Down at the Cross"?

2. How old was the author when he describes having gone through a "prolonged religious crisis" in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?

3. How does the author describe female segregated restrooms in "Down at the Cross"?

4. How does the author describe his feelings about "a separate black economy in America"?

5. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument?

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