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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," "It was absolutely clear that the police would whip you and take you in as long as" what?
(a) "You were hiding something."
(b) "You were guilty."
(c) "They could get away with it."
(d) "You were not one of them."

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) Acceptance.
(b) Power.
(c) Humility.
(d) Love.

3. Who is quoted as having said "It is better to marry than to burn" in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) St. George.
(b) St. Paul.
(c) St. Peter.
(d) St. Andrew.

4. What word from "Down at the Cross" means something continuing without pause or interruption?
(a) Exuberant.
(b) Incessant.
(c) Explicit.
(d) Petulant.

5. What does the author describe feeling guilty about having in his pocket when he visited Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) Cigarettes.
(b) A flask of whiskey.
(c) A tape recorder.
(d) A notepad.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does the author describe having dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

3. The author states in "Down at the Cross" that what "and heroism have been made synonymous except when it comes to blacks"?

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

5. In describing his dinner at Elijah Muhammad's home, the author states, "I began to see that Elijah's power came from his" what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the author describe his departure from Elijah Muhammad's home 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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