History of African American theatre
Take Home Quiz 1B History of Black Theatre Spring 2015
1. Who created the first black face minstrel song and dance? What ethnicity was the creator? What was the name of the song and dance? T.D Rice was the first person to create the first black minstrel song and dance, he was a white Irish man that dressed as Jim Crow. The name of the song and dance was Jump Jim Crow. 2. Who were the three important “stock characters” in the minstrel show? I am talking about stock characters not the stereotype caricatures. The three important stock characters in the minstrel show was Jim Crow, Mr. Tambo, and Zip coon. 3. What is a stump speech?
A stump speech is when a political candidate stood on a cut down tree stump to deliver a standard speech. 4. Describe the “Coon” caricature.
A Coon is a man that would imitate African American stereotypes as entertainment. 5. What is a “malapropism?”
Malapropism is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound. 6. Describe the “tragic mulatta.”
A tragic mulatta is a person that is of mixed race who is sad and maybe even suicidal because they do not completely fit in with the white world or the black world. 7. According to Glenda Dickson, which is the most insidious and lingering stereotype confronting black people? Describe this stereotype and from what film by whom did this stereotype become welded into American consciousness. Some of the most insidious and lingering stereotypes of black people are The mammy which is usually a big dark skinned woman that is typically ugly who is happily obedient to her slave owners, very protective over them and a caregiver. The pickaninny which is a African American child that is always running around in the wilderness and always climbing trees. They are seen as animal like and a savage. The sambo was a African American male who is typically always laughing as if life is a game. He is childlike, takes...
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