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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. The author states in the beginning of "Down at the Cross" that he believed that God and what were synonymous?
(a) Salvation.
(b) Safety.
(c) Faith.
(d) Purity.

2. 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) "Rise no higher than their fathers."
(b) "Fall even further from grace."
(c) "Leave home and never return."
(d) "Become even lower than their fathers."

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

4. The author asserts in "Down at the Cross" that "a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be" what?
(a) "Scared."
(b) "Spineless."
(c) "Isolated."
(d) "Ignorant."

5. 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?
(a) "A political power."
(b) "A man."
(c) "An intellect."
(d) "A master."

Short Answer Questions

1. The author claims in "Down at the Cross" that two things caused him to begin listening to the Muslim speakers. What was the first thing?

2. The author writes in "Down at the Cross," "It was absolutely clear that the police would whip you and take you in as long as" what?

3. Who is quoted as having said "It is better to marry than to burn" in "Down at the Cross"?

4. About how old does the author describe the female pastor as being when he met her in "Down at the Cross"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. What parallels does the author draw between his father and Elijah Muhammad 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. How would you describe the central subject and structure of the first part of "Down at the Cross"?

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

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