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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 author does the narrator describe beginning to read when he began losing his faith in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Kant.
(b) Dostoevski.
(c) Nietzche.
(d) Homer.

2. When was the Nation of Islam founded?
(a) July 4, 1940.
(b) July 4, 1936.
(c) July 4, 1961.
(d) July 4, 1930.

3. Where does the author describe listening to the Muslim speakers in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Broadway and 45th Street.
(b) Delancey and Hickamore Streets.
(c) 125th Street and Seventh Avenue.
(d) 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.

4. In "Down at the Cross," what does the author define as "the judges, the juries, the shotguns, the law"?
(a) "Legality."
(b) "Power."
(c) "White society."
(d) "Freedom."

5. In what war does the author describe many of his friends enlisting in the service to fight in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?
(a) The Korean War.
(b) World War I.
(c) World War II.
(d) The Vietnam War.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author claim to be the seeming "sum of our achievement" as humans, in "Down at the Cross"?

2. How late was the author when he arrived for dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home?

3. Whom does the author describe as having stated that "the cry of 'violence' was not raised... when the Israelis fought to regain Israel, and, indeed, is raised only when black men indicate that they will fight for their rights"?

4. In what periodical was "Down at the Cross" first published?

5. How does the author describe his feelings about "a separate black economy in America"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Elijah Muhammad? What was his role within the Nation of Islam?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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