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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?
(a) He doesn't understand or fit in the blue-collar/union world
(b) He is not correctly educated for the job
(c) He is the only black person on the job
(d) He is too highly educated for the job

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is ironic about Trueblood's situation?
(a) The college wants him to stay around.
(b) Other men have done the same thing.
(c) The college wants him to leave.
(d) He receives charity from the whites.

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

9. What unexpected sight does the narrator see in New York?
(a) half-naked white women
(b) people from many nationalities
(c) many black people
(d) many policemen

10. Why does Mary Rambo want to take the narrator home?
(a) To take advantage of him
(b) She is in love with him
(c) She needs the company
(d) To take care of him

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

12. 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 is concerned about being able to buy food.
(c) He is afraid he will run out of money for rent.
(d) He hopes to save enough money for his fall tuition.

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

14. The narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.
(a) people can't see him
(b) people subconsciously ignore him
(c) people don't understand him
(d) people refuse to see him with their inner eyes

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?

2. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?

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

4. According to Ellison, which of the following is true during times of war?

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

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