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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 does the author describe school revealing itself to be to the black community passing through adolescence in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) "A segue into more fruitful endeavors."
(b) "A child's game that one could not win."
(c) "A pursuit toward excellence."
(d) "A path to enlightenment."

2. How does the author respond when asked by the female pastor, "Whose little boy are you?"
(a) "God's."
(b) "Allah's."
(c) "David Baldwin's."
(d) "Why, yours."

3. How old was the author when two police officers amused themselves with frisking him, according to the story in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 10.
(b) 12.
(c) 19.
(d) 16.

4. 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?
(a) "My faith."
(b) "My intelligence."
(c) "The oppression of my people."
(d) "This society."

5. 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) "Redemption."
(b) "Communication."
(c) "Communion."
(d) "Inflation."

Short Answer Questions

1. When dd Elijah Muhammad die?

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?

3. The author asserts in "Down at the Cross," "The real reason that nonviolence is considered to be a virtue in Negroes--I am not speaking now of its racial value, another matter altogether--is that white men do not want" what?

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

5. What does the author say "catches up with kingdoms and crushes them" in "Down at the Cross"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author describe discussing with his driver after leaving Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

3. How does the author compare his involvement in ministry with the thugs on the Avenue in "Down at the Cross"?

4. How does the author describe his religious faith to Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?

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

6. What causes the author irritation during his dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home?

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

8. What parallels does the author draw between his father and Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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