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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's
(a) unwillingness to face the truth
(b) lack of knowledge about himself
(c) lack of understanding about culture and society as a whole
(d) invisible nature in relation to white people

2. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around
(a) national poverty
(b) racial tension
(c) imperialism
(d) problems associated with war

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

4. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?
(a) airforce
(b) army
(c) navy
(d) Merchant Marines

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

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

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

8. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?
(a) getting drunk
(b) returning to the states
(c) saving a life
(d) failing to fulfil his duty

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

10. Why does the Reverend Barbee trip over Dr. Bledsoe?
(a) Someone distracts Reverend Barbee
(b) Dr. Bledsoe forgets to pull his legs back
(c) Reverend Barbee is blind.
(d) Reverend Barbee isn't watching where he is going.

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

12. The narrator's need to give speeches is an example of what literary device?
(a) irony
(b) foreshadowing
(c) audio imagery
(d) suspense

13. What two groups of people must pay the price for being irresponsible?
(a) dreamer and cowards
(b) lazy people and cowards
(c) idealists and cowards
(d) sleepwalkers and dreamers

14. What does the narrator see as he is watching people leave the chapel?
(a) Dr. Bledsoe's cadillac
(b) Mr. Trueblood's car
(c) The veteran doctor
(d) Mr. Norton's car

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the narrator initially concerned about finding work as soon as possible?

2. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?

3. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?

4. What procedure is performed on the narrator?

5. What bit of advice from the young Mr. Emerson does the narrator actually heed?

(see the answer keys)

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