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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is quoted as having said "It is better to marry than to burn" in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) St. George.
(b) St. Paul.
(c) St. Andrew.
(d) St. Peter.

2. What does the author describe as the subject of the Nation of Islam speeches he observed on the streets in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Love.
(b) Power.
(c) Humility.
(d) Acceptance.

3. Where does the author describe the pimps and whores hanging out in Harlem in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Delancey.
(b) Broad St.
(c) Broadway.
(d) The Avenue.

4. The author writes in "Down at the Cross," "It was absolutely clear that the police would whip you and take you in as long as" what?
(a) "You were hiding something."
(b) "You were guilty."
(c) "You were not one of them."
(d) "They could get away with it."

5. Of the girls in Harlem going through adolescence, the author says in "Down at the Cross," "They understood that they must act as God's" what?
(a) "Love."
(b) "Decoys."
(c) "Watchmen."
(d) "Angels."

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

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

8. After the confrontation at the bar, the author says that one of his companions, a Korean War veteran, said that the bar had been the white man's fight too. How did the white man respond?
(a) "I don't care about the war."
(b) "I thank you for your service, Sir."
(c) "I lost my conscience a long time ago."
(d) "You don't fight my fights for me."

9. 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?
(a) Protagonist.
(b) Demagogue.
(c) Pedagogue.
(d) Antagonist.

10. When was the Nation of Islam founded?
(a) July 4, 1930.
(b) July 4, 1961.
(c) July 4, 1940.
(d) July 4, 1936.

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

12. How old was the author when he describes having gone through a "prolonged religious crisis" in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 19.
(b) 21.
(c) 14.
(d) 10.

13. As the author describes growing up in Harlem in "Down at the Cross," he says, "In the same way that the girls were destined to gain as much weight as their mothers, the boys, it was clear, would" what?
(a) "Become even lower than their fathers."
(b) "Leave home and never return."
(c) "Fall even further from grace."
(d) "Rise no higher than their fathers."

14. The authors writes in "Down at the Cross," "Yes, it does indeed mean something - something unspeakable - to be born, in a white country, and Anglo-Teutonic, antisexual country, black. You very soon, without knowing it, give up all hope of" what?
(a) "Communication."
(b) "Communion."
(c) "Inflation."
(d) "Redemption."

15. How late was the author when he arrived for dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home?
(a) 15 minutes late.
(b) 30 minutes late.
(c) 45 minute late.
(d) 1 hour late.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Down at the Cross," the author describes the adolescent changes that the girls undergo, saying that they no longer tease the boys but do what to them instead?

2. In becoming a successful Young Minister, the author describes his rivalry with whom, in "Down at the Cross"?

3. In describing white liberal attitudes in "Down at the Cross," the author states that "they could deal with the Negro as a symbol or a victim but has no real sense of him as" what?

4. In what periodical was "Down at the Cross" first published?

5. In "Down at the Cross," what does the author define as "the judges, the juries, the shotguns, the law"?

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