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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 dump slush on a man's head?
(a) The man greeted him with hostility.
(b) The man was preaching nonsense.
(c) The man insulted him.
(d) He thinks the man is Bledsoe.

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

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

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

5. What is most unusual about the narrator's residence?
(a) It is free
(b) It is filled with over 1300 light bulbs
(c) It is a white apartment house
(d) It is in a basement

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

7. What does the narrator see as he is watching people leave the chapel?
(a) Mr. Norton's car
(b) Mr. Trueblood's car
(c) Dr. Bledsoe's cadillac
(d) The veteran doctor

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

9. According to Mr. Brockway, what happened when the company tried to replace him?
(a) All the paint went bad
(b) The other workers went on strike
(c) No one else would take the job
(d) The union went to bat for him.

10. How is the paint symbolic?
(a) It symbolizes work and success
(b) It symbolizes purity and correctness
(c) It symbolizes society's ability to cover evils
(d) It is white, reminding the narrator of the slogan, Keep America Pure with Liberty Paints.

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

12. What does Dr. Bledsoe call the narrator?
(a) a traitor
(b) a liar
(c) a slave
(d) an educated fool

13. 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 hopes to save enough money for his fall tuition.
(d) He is afraid he will run out of money for rent.

14. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?
(a) He was a guest lecturer
(b) He was an employee of the college.
(c) He had been involved in tutoring the black students.
(d) He was a special singer at the college.

15. What two groups of people must pay the price for being irresponsible?
(a) lazy people and cowards
(b) sleepwalkers and dreamers
(c) idealists and cowards
(d) dreamer and cowards

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Bledsoe tell the narrator to go?

2. Ellison's original story was written about which of the following?

3. What does the narrator tell Mr. Emerson that he wants to do with his future?

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?

(see the answer keys)

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