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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
(b) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(c) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.
(d) It shows him that history is a part of the present

2. When was the introduction of the novel written?
(a) Before the text of the story
(b) 30 years after the text itself
(c) Immediately after finishing the story.
(d) Sporadically during the writing of the story

3. How does the narrator excuse his lack of responsibility?
(a) Responsibility cannot happen without recognition
(b) The downtrodden should not be expected to assume responsibility
(c) No one has ever given him responsibility
(d) Because he is invisible, he doesn't know what responsibility to take

4. How is the paint symbolic?
(a) It symbolizes society's ability to cover evils
(b) It is white, reminding the narrator of the slogan, Keep America Pure with Liberty Paints.
(c) It symbolizes work and success
(d) It symbolizes purity and correctness

5. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?
(a) power
(b) getting even
(c) keeping his position
(d) preventing Mr. Norton from expelling the narrator

6. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?
(a) A sense of direction
(b) his interest in returning to college
(c) money to live on
(d) motivation to keep going

7. What was the topic of the narrator's graduation day speech?
(a) Racial pride
(b) Equality
(c) Humilty
(d) Courage

8. Why is the narrator offended by the man behind the drugstore counter?
(a) The man overcharges him.
(b) The man assumes will order the special of pork chops, grits, one egg, biscuits, and coffee.
(c) The man does not give him what he orders.
(d) The man wants to see his money before serving him.

9. Why is the narrator unable to see Mr. Bates?
(a) Mr. Bates is not in.
(b) Mr. Bates is too busy to be seen.
(c) There are no jobs in Mr. Bates' department
(d) The secretary will not admit him.

10. Who else is on the bus to New York?
(a) the veteran doctor
(b) no one
(c) another student
(d) Mr. Trueblood

11. What does the narrator discuss with the woman in his dream?
(a) responsibility
(b) racism
(c) fear
(d) freedom

12. How does the narrator get past the drunken vet in the road?
(a) He claims to be someone of importance.
(b) He pretends he is about to run over the vet.
(c) He pays the vet a bribe.
(d) He tells him he has General Pershing in the car.

13. Why does the narrator feel disillusioned when looking at the picture of the Founder?
(a) He realizes that Mr. Norton is the one with the power.
(b) He understands that Mr. Norton is going to expel him.
(c) He realizes that he really has no hope of obtaining any power.
(d) He realizes that Bledsoe is going to abuse his power.

14. According to Ellison, which of the following is true during times of war?
(a) African American soldiers are considered heros by other nationalities
(b) African American soldiers and white soldiers are equal.
(c) African American soldiers are valued less than white soldiers.
(d) African American soldiers have greater stature than white soldiers

15. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?
(a) The right for education
(b) The right for fair employment
(c) Their freedoms
(d) The right to fight

Short Answer Questions

1. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?

2. What does the narrator fear is the reason for his inability to get an appointment with the trustees?

3. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?

4. Where was the novel written?

5. Where does Bledsoe tell the narrator to go?

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