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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. During what years did Elijah Muhammad lead the Nation of Islam?
(a) 1930-1945.
(b) 1934-1975.
(c) 1941-1975.
(d) 1936-1946.

2. 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) "Single-mindedness."
(c) "Ambition."
(d) "Articulation and sense of logic."

3. 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) "You don't fight my fights for me."
(b) "I don't care about the war."
(c) "I lost my conscience a long time ago."
(d) "I thank you for your service, Sir."

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who founded the Nation of Islam?

2. 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?

3. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to a large area of unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia?

4. The author puts forth the Nation of Islam's belief that the white man's rule will be ended in how much time 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 is noteworthy about the quotes that open "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the subject of the hymn that opens "Down at the Cross"? How does this quote tie in with the essay's themes?

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

10. How would you describe the author's sense of anger in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?

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