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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. About how old does the author describe the female pastor as being when he met her in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 45-50.
(b) 25-30.
(c) 55-60.
(d) 65-70.

2. Where was the author going when he crossed Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and the policeman made a racial slur toward him in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) To the 42nd Street Library.
(b) To the Institute.
(c) To a Broadway performance.
(d) To his high school.

3. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument?
(a) Protagonist.
(b) Pedagogue.
(c) Antagonist.
(d) Demagogue.

4. What kind of athletic career does the author describe pursuing but not succeeding at in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Baseball.
(b) Football.
(c) Prize-fighting.
(d) Basketball.

5. 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"?
(a) 5-10 years.
(b) 50-60 years.
(c) 100 years.
(d) 10-15 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Elijah Muhammad born?

2. When dd Elijah Muhammad die?

3. 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?

4. Where does the author describe listening to the Muslim speakers in "Down at the Cross"?

5. When did Rudyard Kipling live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the author point out as the failings of Christianity and Islam in "Down at the Cross"?

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

7. What parallels does the author draw between Christianity and Islam in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

10. How would you describe the tone in the second section of "Down at the Cross"? How has the author's perspective changed?

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