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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 wants to hide the fact that he is angry with Mr. Norton.
(c) He doesn't want Mr. Norton to know he is angry with the narrator.
(d) He doesn't want the narrator to realize how upset he is.

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

3. How did the narrator get invited to participate in the Battle Royal?
(a) He volunteered because it looked interesting.
(b) He happened to be at the hotel to give a speech to white men.
(c) He thought it was part of the award.
(d) The people who arranged the speech planned to include him.

4. How does the narrator excuse his lack of responsibility?
(a) No one has ever given him responsibility
(b) Responsibility cannot happen without recognition
(c) The downtrodden should not be expected to assume responsibility
(d) Because he is invisible, he doesn't know what responsibility to take

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

6. How does the narrator get past the drunken vet in the road?
(a) He tells him he has General Pershing in the car.
(b) He pretends he is about to run over the vet.
(c) He claims to be someone of importance.
(d) He pays the vet a bribe.

7. What does Mr. Norton give to Trueblood?
(a) Nothing
(b) A bottle of whiskey
(c) A hundred dollar bill
(d) A lecture on morality

8. What is the vet's final advice to the narrator?
(a) Stay away from people like Mr. Norton
(b) Find ways to manipulate people like Norton
(c) Defy people like Norton
(d) Watch for opportunities to get close to people like Norton

9. According to the vet, who controls "things"?
(a) white, upper-class males
(b) black people
(c) white people
(d) rich people

10. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society
(b) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
(c) Allowing the hero to fail
(d) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.

11. 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) invisible nature in relation to white people
(d) unwillingness to face the truth

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

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

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. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?
(a) his motivation
(b) his cash
(c) his strength
(d) his fear

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the man in Emerson's office imply after reading the letter given him by the narrator?

2. According to Ellison, which of the following is important for perseverance?

3. Where was the novel written?

4. What is ironic about Trueblood's situation?

5. What would the narrator like to add to his "hole"?

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