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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How is the narrator's invisibility related to his residence?
(a) He lives in a building for whites and uses their electricity because they cannot conceive of his presence.
(b) The whites allow him to stay there because they consider him unimportant.
(c) The white residents simply ignore him.
(d) He is able to come and go without being noticed.

3. How does the narrator regard Mr. Bledsoe?
(a) As a protector
(b) As an unpredictable element
(c) As an enemy
(d) As a role model.

4. Where was the novel written?
(a) Harlem
(b) New York
(c) Georgia
(d) Vermont

5. What does the narrator want to do in Chapter 12?
(a) make speeches
(b) marry Mary Rambo
(c) get a new job
(d) spend time alone

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

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

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

9. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?
(a) The truth is the light and the light is the truth
(b) The light reveals the truth
(c) The light reveals all things
(d) Truth is destined to come forth

10. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?
(a) There are so many people like the hero that no one notices them.
(b) The character does not understand the truth of his situation.
(c) Whites are morally blind to the checks and balances imposed on the African Americans.
(d) The character has deliberately denied his true place in society.

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

12. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(b) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.
(c) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
(d) It shows him that history is a part of the present

13. What procedure is performed on the narrator?
(a) a prefrontal lobotomy
(b) castration
(c) both castration and a lobotomy
(d) mind control implants

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

15. How do the boys react to the naked girl?
(a) They become angry.
(b) They are embarrassed.
(c) They are amused
(d) They are fascinated.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?

3. What does Dr. Bledsoe call the narrator?

4. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?

5. Where is the vet going?

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