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

2. How old was the author when two police officers amused themselves with frisking him, according to the story in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 19.
(b) 12.
(c) 10.
(d) 16.

3. The author states in the beginning of "Down at the Cross" that he believed that God and what were synonymous?
(a) Safety.
(b) Salvation.
(c) Purity.
(d) Faith.

4. The author puts forth the Nation of Islam's belief that the white man's rule will be ended in how much time in "Down at the Cross"?
(a) 50-60 years.
(b) 100 years.
(c) 5-10 years.
(d) 10-15 years.

5. 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?
(a) "An intellect."
(b) "A political power."
(c) "A master."
(d) "A man."

Short Answer Questions

1. As the author describes growing up in Harlem in "Down at the Cross," he says, "In the same way that the girls were destined to gain as much weight as their mothers, the boys, it was clear, would" what?

2. What does the word "assuage" from "Down at the Cross" mean?

3. 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"?

4. What does the author claim to be the seeming "sum of our achievement" as humans, in "Down at the Cross"?

5. What color clothing does the author describe the women wearing at Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author describe his religious faith to Elijah Muhammad in "Down at the Cross"?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How does the author describe his departure from Elijah Muhammad's home in "Down at the Cross"?

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