Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Introduction
1. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?
2. What does Ellison mean when he says that for African Americans, all wars are "wars within wars."
3. What does Ellison mean by "benign neglect"?
4. Why is important to know that the introduction was written 30 years after the novel itself?
Short Essay Question - Prologue
5. Why does the narrator say he is invisible?
6. Who are the sleeping ones?
7. To what kind of action has music...
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