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

2. 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) Whites are morally blind to the checks and balances imposed on the African Americans.
(c) There are so many people like the hero that no one notices them.
(d) The character does not understand the truth of his situation.

3. 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) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
(d) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.

4. Which of the following two concepts, in combination, does Ellison see as a "raft of hope."
(a) art and democracy
(b) democracy and truth
(c) compassion and equality
(d) equality and art

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around

2. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?

3. What is the real purpose of the Reverend's speech?

4. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?

5. What kind of speeches has the narrator given from the stage in the chapel?

(see the answer key)

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