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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 does the word "bulwark" mean in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) A rope attached to a roof.
(b) A chain.
(c) A fencing sword.
(d) A defensive wall.

2. What does the author describe as the subject of the Nation of Islam speeches he observed on the streets in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Love.
(b) Power.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Humility.

3. When did the Tunisians rise up against the French, according to the author in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 1969.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1956.
(d) 1919.

4. What word from "Down at the Cross" refers to people who engage in dishonest and fraudulent business dealings?
(a) Sheisters.
(b) Hucksters.
(c) Racketeers.
(d) Diffidents.

5. What does the author claim to be the seeming "sum of our achievement" as humans, in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) The power to enslave one another.
(b) The power to exterminate ourselves.
(c) The power to oppress one another.
(d) The power to kill nature.

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

3. The author claims that we owe the ministry of Elijah Muhammad to the fact that he witnessed what when he was five or six years old?

4. In becoming a successful Young Minister, the author describes his rivalry with whom, in "Down at the Cross"?

5. What kind of athletic career does the author describe pursuing but not succeeding at in "Down at the Cross"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How would you describe the author's sense of anger in the beginning of "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

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

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