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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was the novel written?
(a) Georgia
(b) New York
(c) Harlem
(d) Vermont

2. According to Ellison, which of the following is important for perseverance?
(a) laughter
(b) determination
(c) courage
(d) tolerance

3. When the narrator goes to see Mr. Emerson, who does he actually see?
(a) Mr. Emerson's assistant
(b) an unnamed individual
(c) Mr. Emerson's secretary
(d) Mr. Emerson's son

4. How do the boys react to the naked girl?
(a) They become angry.
(b) They are amused
(c) They are embarrassed.
(d) They are fascinated.

5. Where does Bledsoe tell the narrator to go?
(a) back to the Golden Day for the name of the doctor
(b) to Mr. Norton
(c) back to the dormatory
(d) New York

6. What unexpected sight does the narrator see in New York?
(a) people from many nationalities
(b) many black people
(c) many policemen
(d) half-naked white women

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

8. The image of the slave owners bidding for a naked girl is
(a) something the narrator recalls from his childhood
(b) a picture the narrator had seen in a book
(c) a vison induced by marijuana
(d) something that happened to the narrator's father

9. Ellison's original story was written about which of the following?
(a) A slave
(b) An African American author
(c) A sharecropper
(d) An African American pilot

10. Where is the vet going?
(a) New York
(b) Washington DC
(c) an undisclosed location
(d) Canada

11. What is the vet's final advice to the narrator?
(a) Defy people like Norton
(b) Stay away from people like Mr. Norton
(c) Watch for opportunities to get close to people like Norton
(d) Find ways to manipulate people like Norton

12. What, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?
(a) his lack of experience
(b) his background and education
(c) his attitude
(d) his color

13. According to Reverend Barbee, why does Dr. Bledsoe enjoy a position of apparent power?
(a) Dr. Bledsoe had performed favors for the Founder.
(b) The Founder, with his dying breath, asked Bledsoe to continue in his leadership
(c) The Founder told Reverend Barbee that Bledsoe deserved the position.
(d) The Founder and Bledsoe were related.

14. The narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.
(a) people refuse to see him with their inner eyes
(b) people can't see him
(c) people subconsciously ignore him
(d) people don't understand him

15. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?
(a) The man greeted him with hostility.
(b) He thinks the man is Bledsoe.
(c) The man was preaching nonsense.
(d) The man insulted him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?

2. Why does the Reverend Barbee trip over Dr. Bledsoe?

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

4. What does the doctor mean when he says they "picked poor robin clean"?

5. Of what does the vet accuse Mr. Norton?

(see the answer keys)

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