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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator feel was his primary fault 20 years earlier?
(a) He was cowardly.
(b) He was too bold.
(c) He was naive.
(d) He was easily confused.

4. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?
(a) liquor
(b) a cigar
(c) a beating
(d) marijuana

5. 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 cannot be changed.
(c) It shows him that history is a part of the present
(d) It convinces him that history will be repeated

6. In chapter 9, the narrator walks a short distance with another man. What is the man doing besides singing?
(a) eating
(b) Carrying blueprints
(c) leading a dog
(d) carrying a suitcase

7. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?
(a) He thinks the narrator is there to take his job.
(b) The narrator approaches him with a bad attitude.
(c) The narrator has difficulty following instructions.
(d) He has heard of the narrator's mistake.

8. Why does the vet want the narrator to hear his story?
(a) So the narrator will return to the Golden Day
(b) So the narrator will not become another casualty
(c) So the narrator will take up the cause of the vets
(d) So the narrator will persuade Mr. Norton to give a donation

9. What is the real purpose of the Reverend's speech?
(a) To help the students understand how important the college is to the black community.
(b) To create a sense of awe in relation to Dr. Bledsoe
(c) To help the students appreciate the Founder's real sacrifice
(d) To indoctrinate the students regarding the religion of the college.

10. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?
(a) They didn't believe his story.
(b) They were horrified by his story and tried to get him to move.
(c) They were angry and kept him in town as an example of how not to behave.
(d) They secretly enjoyed hearing his story.

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?

2. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?

3. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?

4. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?

5. Why does Mary Rambo want to take the narrator home?

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