Invisible Man Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society
(b) Allowing the hero to fail
(c) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.
(d) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character

2. Why does Mr. Bledsoe compose his face into a bland mask?
(a) He wants to see Mr. Norton's reaction before revealing his own feelings.
(b) He doesn't want Mr. Norton to know he is angry with the narrator.
(c) He doesn't want the narrator to realize how upset he is.
(d) He wants to hide the fact that he is angry with Mr. Norton.

3. How did the narrator get invited to participate in the Battle Royal?
(a) He thought it was part of the award.
(b) He happened to be at the hotel to give a speech to white men.
(c) The people who arranged the speech planned to include him.
(d) He volunteered because it looked interesting.

4. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?
(a) The character has deliberately denied his true place in society.
(b) There are so many people like the hero that no one notices them.
(c) The character does not understand the truth of his situation.
(d) Whites are morally blind to the checks and balances imposed on the African Americans.

5. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?
(a) They secretly enjoyed hearing his story.
(b) They were horrified by his story and tried to get him to move.
(c) They were angry and kept him in town as an example of how not to behave.
(d) They didn't believe his story.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would the narrator like to add to his "hole"?

2. Where does the road in the college town ultimately lead?

3. How do the boys react to the naked girl?

4. What does the moon symbolize?

5. The narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.

(see the answer key)

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