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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 claims in "Down at the Cross" that two things caused him to begin listening to the Muslim speakers. What was the first thing?
(a) The Presidential elections.
(b) The Police.
(c) The Vietnam War.
(d) World War II.

2. The authors writes in "Down at the Cross," "Yes, it does indeed mean something - something unspeakable - to be born, in a white country, and Anglo-Teutonic, antisexual country, black. You very soon, without knowing it, give up all hope of" what?
(a) "Communication."
(b) "Redemption."
(c) "Inflation."
(d) "Communion."

3. How does the author describe female segregated restrooms in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) They say "White Ladies" and "Black Ladies."
(b) They say "White Women" and "Colored Ladies."
(c) They say "White Ladies" and "Colored Women."
(d) They say "White Women" and "Negro Women."

4. The author states in "Down at the Cross," "White people hold the power, which means that they are" what?
(a) "Superior to blacks."
(b) "Free."
(c) "Inferior to blacks."
(d) "Selfish."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author asserts in "Down at the Cross," "The real reason that nonviolence is considered to be a virtue in Negroes--I am not speaking now of its racial value, another matter altogether--is that white men do not want" what?

2. When did Rudyard Kipling live?

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

4. How old was the author when he describes an encounter where a policeman made a racial slur as he passed in Manhattan in "Down at the Cross"?

5. What does the author say "changes, totally and forever, the nature of reality and brings into devastating question the true meaning of man's history" in "Down at the Cross"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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