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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is the narrator offended by the man behind the drugstore counter?
(a) The man wants to see his money before serving him.
(b) The man does not give him what he orders.
(c) The man overcharges him.
(d) The man assumes will order the special of pork chops, grits, one egg, biscuits, and coffee.

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

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

4. The narrator's need to give speeches is an example of what literary device?
(a) irony
(b) audio imagery
(c) foreshadowing
(d) suspense

5. When the narrator goes to see Mr. Emerson, who does he actually see?
(a) Mr. Emerson's secretary
(b) Mr. Emerson's assistant
(c) an unnamed individual
(d) Mr. Emerson's son

6. How does the narrator describe the students as they enter the chapel?
(a) They enter the chapel with resentment and fear.
(b) They enter with dread and hesitation.
(c) They enter the chapel joyfully.
(d) They enter with the love a captured people has for their conquerors.

7. What is the narrator afraid of losing?
(a) His job.
(b) His identity
(c) His scholarship
(d) The respect Mr. Bledsoe has for him.

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

9. Which of the following two concepts, in combination, does Ellison see as a "raft of hope."
(a) democracy and truth
(b) equality and art
(c) art and democracy
(d) compassion and equality

10. What, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?
(a) his background and education
(b) his color
(c) his lack of experience
(d) his attitude

11. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around
(a) national poverty
(b) imperialism
(c) racial tension
(d) problems associated with war

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

13. The narrator's pondering of his upcoming punishment is an example of what literary device?
(a) suspense
(b) symbolism
(c) foreshadowing
(d) allusion

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

15. What do some of the black men carry?
(a) radios
(b) brief cases
(c) pouches strapped to their wrists
(d) shackles

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?

2. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?

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

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

5. What does the narrator want to do in Chapter 12?

(see the answer keys)

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