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

2. What is the real purpose of the Reverend's speech?
(a) To help the students appreciate the Founder's real sacrifice
(b) To help the students understand how important the college is to the black community.
(c) To create a sense of awe in relation to Dr. Bledsoe
(d) To indoctrinate the students regarding the religion of the college.

3. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society
(b) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.
(c) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
(d) Allowing the hero to fail

4. What does the narrator tell Mr. Emerson that he wants to do with his future?
(a) become Mr. Bledsoe's assistant
(b) remain quietly in New York
(c) become a teacher
(d) get a high paying position in the city

5. How do the boys react to the naked girl?
(a) They become angry.
(b) They are amused
(c) They are embarrassed.
(d) They are fascinated.

6. How did the narrator get invited to participate in the Battle Royal?
(a) He volunteered because it looked interesting.
(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 thought it was part of the award.

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. Why is the narrator offended by the man behind the drugstore counter?
(a) The man wants to see his money before serving him.
(b) The man overcharges him.
(c) The man assumes will order the special of pork chops, grits, one egg, biscuits, and coffee.
(d) The man does not give him what he orders.

12. Bledsoe tells the narrator that he should not worry about
(a) being punished
(b) acting like a fool
(c) being kicked out of school
(d) pride and dignity

13. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?
(a) isolation
(b) loss
(c) separation
(d) rebirth

14. Of what does the vet accuse Mr. Norton?
(a) Of treating the blacks unfairly
(b) Of failing to accomplish his mission for the college
(c) Of practicing racial prejudice
(d) Of treating the blacks like impersonal conquests

15. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?
(a) The vet praises Mr. Norton.
(b) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of deception.
(c) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of ulterior motives.
(d) The vet mocks Mr. Norton.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is the narrator initially concerned about finding work as soon as possible?

3. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?

4. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?

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

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