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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 writes in "Down at the Cross," "From my own point of view, the fact of the Third Reich alone makes obsolete forever any question of" what?
(a) "Christian superiority."
(b) "White superiority."
(c) "Love."
(d) "Black superiority."

2. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to a large area of unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia?
(a) Gully.
(b) Steppe.
(c) Ravine.
(d) Corral.

3. The author writes in "Down at the Cross" that "the social treatment accorded even the most successful Negroes proved that one needed, in order to be free, something more than a bank account. One needed" what?
(a) "A backdoor into white society."
(b) "A mechanism to provoke change in the hearts of men."
(c) "A handle, a lever, a means of inspiring fear."
(d) "Hope."

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

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 master."
(c) "An intellect."
(d) "A man."

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 second thing?

2. 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?

3. What does the word "bulwark" mean in "Down at the Cross"?

4. What does the author describe feeling guilty about having in his pocket when he visited Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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 compare his involvement in ministry with the thugs on the Avenue in "Down at the Cross"?

3. How does the author describe his departure from Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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