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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?
(a) They are very nice to him.
(b) They appear to be making fun of him.
(c) The hardly seem to notice him.
(d) They are rude to him.

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

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

6. What bit of advice from the young Mr. Emerson does the narrator actually heed?
(a) to forget about Mr. Bledsoe
(b) to call Liberty Paints and ask for a job
(c) to return to the college
(d) to realize that he has no identity

7. 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.

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

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

10. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?
(a) He is too tired
(b) He is trying to protect himself
(c) He doesn't realize that he hasn't said anything
(d) He can't remember it.

11. How does Mr. Norton explain the day's events?
(a) He claims the narrator took advantage of his (Norton's) illness
(b) He says the narrator was not responsible.
(c) He has no explanation.
(d) He says the trip was the narrator's idea.

12. Why does the Reverend Barbee trip over Dr. Bledsoe?
(a) Reverend Barbee is blind.
(b) Someone distracts Reverend Barbee
(c) Reverend Barbee isn't watching where he is going.
(d) Dr. Bledsoe forgets to pull his legs back

13. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's
(a) lack of understanding about culture and society as a whole
(b) lack of knowledge about himself
(c) invisible nature in relation to white people
(d) unwillingness to face the truth

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

15. What does the narrator fear is the reason for his inability to get an appointment with the trustees?
(a) He fears a conspiracy.
(b) He thinks the secretaries are not telling him the truth.
(c) He thinks no one is seeing the letters he submitted.
(d) He fears there may not be any jobs after all.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mr. Norton give to Trueblood?

2. In chapter 9, the narrator walks a short distance with another man. What is the man doing besides singing?

3. Why does Mr. Bledsoe compose his face into a bland mask?

4. The narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.

5. Of what does the vet accuse Mr. Norton?

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