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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Mr. Brockway, what happened when the company tried to replace him?
(a) All the paint went bad
(b) No one else would take the job
(c) The union went to bat for him.
(d) The other workers went on strike

2. 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

3. 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 have greater stature than white soldiers
(d) African American soldiers are valued less than white soldiers.

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

5. What does the narrator tell Mr. Emerson that he wants to do with his future?
(a) become Mr. Bledsoe's assistant
(b) become a teacher
(c) remain quietly in New York
(d) get a high paying position in the city

6. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?
(a) a message from Mr. Norton
(b) the letters he carries
(c) the sight of other black people
(d) a Gideon Bible

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

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

9. What does Dr. Bledsoe call the narrator?
(a) a traitor
(b) a liar
(c) a slave
(d) an educated fool

10. 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 realizes that Bledsoe is going to abuse his power.
(c) He realizes that he really has no hope of obtaining any power.
(d) He understands that Mr. Norton is going to expel him.

11. 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 purity and correctness
(d) It symbolizes work and success

12. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?
(a) They are rude to him.
(b) The hardly seem to notice him.
(c) They are very nice to him.
(d) They appear to be making fun of him.

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

14. How does the narrator's grandfather regard his own meekness?
(a) He considers himself a coward.
(b) He is proud of his choices.
(c) He considers himself a victim
(d) He considers himself a traitor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the narrator goes to see Mr. Emerson, who does he actually see?

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

3. What unexpected sight does the narrator see in New York?

4. How is the narrator's invisibility related to his residence?

5. The narrator's pondering of his upcoming punishment is an example of what literary device?

(see the answer keys)

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