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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To whom does the burden of the Negro Problem belong, in DuBois' account?
(a) The nation.
(b) The South.
(c) The world.
(d) The slave owners.

2. Where has Booker T. Washington been most criticized, in DuBois' account?
(a) From blacks.
(b) From abroad.
(c) From northerners.
(d) From southerners.

3. What conclusion does DuBois come to, regarding color-prejudice?
(a) It is part of human nature.
(b) It is a decision men make.
(c) It is a relic of a previous time.
(d) It is the product of conditions.

4. When were the slaves emancipated in the U.S.?
(a) 1865.
(b) 1863.
(c) 1808.
(d) 1860.

5. Who has come to embody the ideals of American blacks recently, according to DuBois?
(a) The old slave-owners.
(b) Minstrels.
(c) Wealthy people.
(d) Soldiers.

6. What position were blacks in, under the Freedmen’s Bureau?
(a) Children of each state.
(b) Students of democracy.
(c) Workers in the American business.
(d) Wards of the U.S. government.

7. How does DuBois characterize the Burkes’ home, when he returns to their area?
(a) Much improved.
(b) Rough but prosperous.
(c) Shoddy and failing.
(d) Same as it was.

8. What does DuBois say the land of the Black Belt is full of?
(a) Poverty.
(b) Unappeased spirits.
(c) Untold story.
(d) Ancient blood.

9. What state is the Black Belt in?
(a) Tennessee.
(b) Alabama.
(c) Florida.
(d) Georgia.

10. What does Hippomenes do to win the race and marry Atalanta?
(a) Distract her with golden apples.
(b) Divert the racecourse.
(c) Tie her down with golden thread.
(d) Set a trap and capture her.

11. Where did industrial education fit, in the four stages of progress DuBois describes?
(a) Second, after university education.
(b) Third, after normal schools but before universities.
(c) Last.
(d) First.

12. Who does DuBois say once embodied the ideals of American blacks?
(a) Preacher and teacher.
(b) Businessman and customer.
(c) Mother and child.
(d) Soldier and senator.

13. What did the fifteenth amendment give blacks in America?
(a) Full representation.
(b) Personhood.
(c) Free education.
(d) The vote.

14. What is the afterthought to this second thought, in DuBois' account?
(a) That blacks might abandon the country.
(b) That whites might become animals.
(c) That blacks might become men.
(d) That whites might destroy the blacks.

15. How does DuBois characterize the war’s effect on Atlanta?
(a) A shedding and emergence.
(b) An iron baptism.
(c) A rebirth.
(d) A trial by fire.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the water crying for, in the poem that opens Chapter 1?

2. What advice does DuBois say blacks have been getting from whites?

3. What was Halleck’s position on runaway slaves?

4. How does DuBois characterize Hippomenes?

5. Who does DuBois say does not wince when he sits with him?

(see the answer keys)

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