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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?
(a) He is the only black person on the job
(b) He doesn't understand or fit in the blue-collar/union world
(c) He is too highly educated for the job
(d) He is not correctly educated for the job

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

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

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

6. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?
(a) a hospital
(b) the factory hospital
(c) a prison
(d) a mental ward

7. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?
(a) He is too tired
(b) He is trying to protect himself
(c) He doesn't realize that he hasn't said anything
(d) He can't remember it.

8. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?
(a) The truth is the light and the light is the truth
(b) The light reveals the truth
(c) The light reveals all things
(d) Truth is destined to come forth

9. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?
(a) That he is doomed to failure
(b) That he is invisible
(c) That the white men are trying to destroy him
(d) That he should not be afraid of white men

10. What mistake does the narrator make at Liberty Paints?
(a) He adds too much pigment to the paint
(b) He uses the wrong tank of paint
(c) He adds paint remover instead of the pigment to the paint
(d) He does not paint the sample correctly.

11. Why is the narrator initially concerned about finding work as soon as possible?
(a) He is afraid he will run out of money for rent.
(b) He is concerned about being able to buy food.
(c) He hopes to save enough money for his fall tuition.
(d) He does not want to appear broke if he has to ask for credit for his room rent.

12. According to the vet, what does a white woman symbolize?
(a) love
(b) possessions
(c) sexuality
(d) freedom

13. What is the narrator afraid of losing?
(a) His identity
(b) The respect Mr. Bledsoe has for him.
(c) His job.
(d) His scholarship

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

15. What kind of speeches has the narrator given from the stage in the chapel?
(a) Genuine speeches that expressed how he felt.
(b) Speeches that expressed his frustration in cultural symbolism.
(c) Phony speeches with notes supplied by white men.
(d) Speeches that flattered the whites.

Short Answer Questions

1. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?

2. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?

3. What is Trueblood's explanation of the rape of his daughter?

4. According to Reverend Barbee, why does Dr. Bledsoe enjoy a position of apparent power?

5. What does the narrator feel was his primary fault 20 years earlier?

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