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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is Trueblood's explanation of the rape of his daughter?
(a) His wife forced him into it.
(b) His daughter dliberately seduced him.
(c) He acted in a dream and didn't know what he was doing.
(d) He confused his wife with his daughter because they were all in the same bed.

3. Bledsoe tells the narrator that he should not worry about
(a) being punished
(b) acting like a fool
(c) being kicked out of school
(d) pride and dignity

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

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) get a high paying position in the city
(d) remain quietly in New York

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Mr. Bledsoe compose his face into a bland mask?
(a) He wants to see Mr. Norton's reaction before revealing his own feelings.
(b) He doesn't want Mr. Norton to know he is angry with the narrator.
(c) He wants to hide the fact that he is angry with Mr. Norton.
(d) He doesn't want the narrator to realize how upset he is.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?

2. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?

3. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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