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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. 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) The Vietnam War.
(d) World War II.

2. During what years did Elijah Muhammad lead the Nation of Islam?
(a) 1934-1975.
(b) 1941-1975.
(c) 1930-1945.
(d) 1936-1946.

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 La Guardia airport.
(d) The Chicago O'Hare airport.

4. 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) "Black superiority."
(b) "White superiority."
(c) "Love."
(d) "Christian superiority."

5. The author states in "Down at the Cross," "I certainly could not discover any principled reason for not becoming a criminal, and it is not my poor, God-fearing parents who are to be indicted for the lack but" what?
(a) "My faith."
(b) "The oppression of my people."
(c) "This society."
(d) "My intelligence."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who founded the Nation of Islam?

2. Of the girls in Harlem going through adolescence, the author says in "Down at the Cross," "They understood that they must act as God's" what?

3. 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?

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

5. The author states in "Down at the Cross," "White people hold the power, which means that they are" what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author remark about the Holocaust in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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