The Fire Next Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author says in "My Dungeon Shook," " There is no reason for you to try to become like" what?

2. What word from "My Dungeon Shook" means to display something?

3. What does the author claim the black man has functioned as in the white man's world in "My Dungeon Shook"?

4. The author writes in "My Dungeon Shook," "The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe" what?

5. What word from "My Dungeon Shook" means eager to fight or defiant?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the circumstances of white society and history in "My Dungeon Shook"?

2. What does the author say the world has done to his brother in "My Dungeon Shook"?

3. What does the word "Negro" mean, and how is it applied in The Fire Next Time?

4. What does the author claim to be the only way you can be destroyed in "My Dungeon Shook"?

5. How does the author describe his mother in "My Dungeon Shook"?

6. Who is Charles Dickens and why does the author cite him in "My Dungeon Shook"?

7. What paradox does the author describe in "My Dungeon Shook"?

8. Why does James Baldwin claim to have re-started his letter numerous times in "My Dungeon Shook"?

9. How does the author suggest his nephew perceive the "details and symbols of your life" in "My Dungeon Shook"?

10. What "is the danger in the minds of most white Americans," according to the author in "My Dungeon Shook"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the parallels that the author draws between the Holocaust and the oppression of African Americans. How does the author indicate that World War II changed perceptions within the black community of white society? What did the fact of the Holocaust prove to the author?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the structure of "Down at the Cross." What is the thesis presented by the author in this essay? How does Baldwin go about proving his thesis? What is illustrated in the conclusion of the essay?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss Elijah Muhammad and his characterization in "Down at the Cross." When did Elijah Muhammad take over the leadership of the Nation Of Islam? How does the author describe his home and his experiences at dinner with Elijah Muhammad? How does the author compare Elijah Muhammad with his father?

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