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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. 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.

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

3. Where does the author claim he was when a bartender refused to serve him and some friends in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) The Sam Houston Airport.
(b) The J.F.K. airport.
(c) The Chicago O'Hare airport.
(d) The La Guardia airport.

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

5. 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?
(a) Step on them.
(b) Flirt with them.
(c) Reprimand them.
(d) Interrogate them.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author describe female segregated restrooms in "Down at the Cross"?

2. 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?

3. What does the author describe school revealing itself to be to the black community passing through adolescence in "Down at the Cross"?

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

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the racial perspectives in the Nation of Islam's belief system?

2. How does the author describe the setting of Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

3. How would you describe the central subject and structure of the first part of "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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