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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. How late was the author when he arrived for dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home?
(a) 30 minutes late.
(b) 45 minute late.
(c) 15 minutes late.
(d) 1 hour late.
2. What does the author describe school revealing itself to be to the black community passing through adolescence in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) "A path to enlightenment."
(b) "A segue into more fruitful endeavors."
(c) "A pursuit toward excellence."
(d) "A child's game that one could not win."
3. On what day of the week does the author describe visiting Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?
4. 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) "Leave home and never return."
(b) "Fall even further from grace."
(c) "Rise no higher than their fathers."
(d) "Become even lower than their fathers."
5. The author claims in "Down at the Cross" that two things caused him to begin listening to the Muslim speakers. What was the second thing?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) The struggle for power.
(c) His father's death.
(d) The intensity of the crowds.
Short Answer Questions
1. 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?
2. Where does the author describe listening to the Muslim speakers in "Down at the Cross"?
3. When did Rudyard Kipling live?
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"?
5. What author does the narrator describe beginning to read when he began losing his faith in "Down at the Cross"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What "truth" does the author describe finding through this experiences with Christianity?
2. What parallels does the author draw between his father and Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?
3. What is noteworthy about the quotes that open "Down at the Cross"?
4. How does the author compare his involvement in ministry with the thugs on the Avenue in "Down at the Cross"?
5. What parallels does the author draw between Christianity and Islam in "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 describe discussing with his driver after leaving Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?
8. What hypocrisies in Christianity and the Nation of Islam does Baldwin point out in "Down at the Cross"?
9. What elements of foreshadowing can be seen in the first part of "Down at the Cross"?
10. How does the author describe his departure from Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?
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