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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?
(c) Merchant Marines
2. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?
(a) He thought he could get medical help there
(b) Mr. Norton was driving
(c) Mr. Norton ordered him to go there
(d) The car was out of gas.
3. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?
(a) money to live on
(b) his interest in returning to college
(c) A sense of direction
(d) motivation to keep going
4. How does the narrator describe the students as they enter the chapel?
(a) They enter the chapel joyfully.
(b) They enter the chapel with resentment and fear.
(c) They enter with dread and hesitation.
(d) They enter with the love a captured people has for their conquerors.
5. In chapter 9, the narrator walks a short distance with another man. What is the man doing besides singing?
(a) Carrying blueprints
(b) leading a dog
(d) carrying a suitcase
6. 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.
7. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?
(a) He is not correctly educated for the job
(b) He is too highly educated for the job
(c) He doesn't understand or fit in the blue-collar/union world
(d) He is the only black person on the job
8. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
(b) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society
(c) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.
(d) Allowing the hero to fail
9. How do the boys react to the naked girl?
(a) They are fascinated.
(b) They are embarrassed.
(c) They become angry.
(d) They are amused
10. What group of society is represented by the white men at the Battle Royal?
(a) Educators (professors, scientists)
(b) Lower class (poor white men)
(c) Middle upper class (supervisors, lawyers, bankers, etc)
(d) Leaders (governors, politicians)
11. When was the introduction of the novel written?
(a) 30 years after the text itself
(b) Sporadically during the writing of the story
(c) Before the text of the story
(d) Immediately after finishing the story.
12. Who else is on the bus to New York?
(a) another student
(b) Mr. Trueblood
(c) no one
(d) the veteran doctor
13. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?
(a) the letters he carries
(b) a Gideon Bible
(c) a message from Mr. Norton
(d) the sight of other black people
14. How does the narrator regard Mr. Bledsoe?
(a) As an unpredictable element
(b) As a protector
(c) As an enemy
(d) As a role model.
15. What two groups of people must pay the price for being irresponsible?
(a) idealists and cowards
(b) dreamer and cowards
(c) sleepwalkers and dreamers
(d) lazy people and cowards
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?
2. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?
3. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?
4. What is ironic about Trueblood's situation?
5. What does the moon symbolize?
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