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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What color clothing does the author describe the women wearing at Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Red.
(b) White.
(c) Yellow.
(d) Green.

2. When did Elijah Muhammad tell the author that the white man's time had been up, but that it had been the will of Allah that the black man be redeemed by his white masters?
(a) 1913.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1932.

3. For how long did the author remain on the pulpit as a Young Minister?
(a) Less than a year.
(b) Less than 6 months.
(c) About 2 years.
(d) Over 3 years.

4. 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) "Hope itself."
(b) "The threat of social evolution."
(c) "The ambition toward a freer world."
(d) "The threat of universal exctinction."

5. When was Elijah Muhammad born?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1818.
(c) 1921.
(d) 1897.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word used by the author in "Down at the Cross" means relentless or unstoppable?

2. 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?

3. The author states in "Down at the Cross," "I certainly could not discover any principled reason for not becoming a criminal, and it is not my poor, God-fearing parents who are to be indicted for the lack but" what?

4. What does the author describe feeling guilty about having in his pocket when he visited Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?

5. What word from "Down at the Cross" means impossible to stop or prevent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What elements of foreshadowing can be seen in the first part of "Down at the Cross"?

2. What is noteworthy about the quotes that open "Down at the Cross"?

3. How does the author perceive the expression of pain and suffering of blacks through Christianity?

4. What "truth" does the author describe finding through this experiences with Christianity?

5. What differences does the author point out between Christianity and Islam in the second section of "Down at the Cross"?

6. In the second section of "Down at the Cross," the author points out many reasons that American society is not healed in relation to race. How does he propose it might become healed?

7. What does the author remark about the Holocaust in "Down at the Cross"?

8. How would you describe the tone in the second section of "Down at the Cross"? How has the author's perspective changed?

9. What hypocrisies in Christianity and the Nation of Islam does Baldwin point out in "Down at the Cross"?

10. What is the source of the author's anger and resentment toward his father?

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