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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. After the confrontation at the bar, the author says that one of his companions, a Korean War veteran, said that the bar had been the white man's fight too. How did the white man respond?
(a) "I lost my conscience a long time ago."
(b) "I thank you for your service, Sir."
(c) "You don't fight my fights for me."
(d) "I don't care about the war."

2. 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 Vietnam War.
(b) World War II.
(c) The Korean War.
(d) World War I.

3. What word used by the author in "Down at the Cross" means relentless or unstoppable?
(a) Implacable.
(b) Cultivated.
(c) Irredeemable.
(d) Advanced.

4. What word from "Down at the Cross" describes a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one?
(a) Exaltation.
(b) Delineation.
(c) Propagation.
(d) Metamorphosis.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Rudyard Kipling live?

2. Where does the author claim he was when a bartender refused to serve him and some friends in "Down at the Cross"?

3. What does the author describe school revealing itself to be to the black community passing through adolescence in "Down at the Cross"?

4. For how long did the author remain on the pulpit as a Young Minister?

5. About how old does the author describe the female pastor as being when he met her in "Down at the Cross"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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