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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ellison's original story was written about which of the following?
(a) An African American pilot
(b) A sharecropper
(c) An African American author
(d) A slave

2. When was the introduction of the novel written?
(a) Sporadically during the writing of the story
(b) Immediately after finishing the story.
(c) 30 years after the text itself
(d) Before the text of the story

3. What does the man in Emerson's office imply after reading the letter given him by the narrator?
(a) That the narrator is in fact someone else.
(b) That the narrator wrote the letters himself
(c) That Mr. Emerson is the wrong person to help the narrator.
(d) That that narrator has already seen Mr. Emerson.

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

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

6. How does the narrator regard Mr. Bledsoe?
(a) As an enemy
(b) As a protector
(c) As a role model.
(d) As an unpredictable element

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

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

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

10. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?
(a) They didn't believe his story.
(b) They were horrified by his story and tried to get him to move.
(c) They secretly enjoyed hearing his story.
(d) They were angry and kept him in town as an example of how not to behave.

11. Why is the narrator unable to see Mr. Bates?
(a) Mr. Bates is too busy to be seen.
(b) The secretary will not admit him.
(c) Mr. Bates is not in.
(d) There are no jobs in Mr. Bates' department

12. What is the vet's final advice to the narrator?
(a) Find ways to manipulate people like Norton
(b) Defy people like Norton
(c) Stay away from people like Mr. Norton
(d) Watch for opportunities to get close to people like Norton

13. What does Mr. Norton give to Trueblood?
(a) A bottle of whiskey
(b) A hundred dollar bill
(c) Nothing
(d) A lecture on morality

14. How is the narrator's invisibility related to his residence?
(a) He is able to come and go without being noticed.
(b) The white residents simply ignore him.
(c) The whites allow him to stay there because they consider him unimportant.
(d) He lives in a building for whites and uses their electricity because they cannot conceive of his presence.

15. What would the narrator like to add to his "hole"?
(a) a kitchen
(b) four more radio-phonographs
(c) a phonograph player
(d) a TV set

Short Answer Questions

1. What is most unusual about the narrator's residence?

2. What does the narrator discuss with the woman in his dream?

3. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?

4. Why does the narrator feel disillusioned when looking at the picture of the Founder?

5. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's

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