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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's
(a) lack of understanding about culture and society as a whole
(b) lack of knowledge about himself
(c) unwillingness to face the truth
(d) invisible nature in relation to white people
2. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?
(a) They secretly enjoyed hearing his story.
(b) They were angry and kept him in town as an example of how not to behave.
(c) They were horrified by his story and tried to get him to move.
(d) They didn't believe his story.
3. What does Dr. Bledsoe call the narrator?
(a) a slave
(b) a liar
(c) a traitor
(d) an educated fool
4. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?
(a) The right to fight
(b) Their freedoms
(c) The right for education
(d) The right for fair employment
5. Where does Bledsoe tell the narrator to go?
(a) New York
(b) back to the dormatory
(c) to Mr. Norton
(d) back to the Golden Day for the name of the doctor
6. How do the boys react to the naked girl?
(a) They are fascinated.
(b) They become angry.
(c) They are amused
(d) They are embarrassed.
7. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?
(a) The character has deliberately denied his true place in society.
(b) There are so many people like the hero that no one notices them.
(c) Whites are morally blind to the checks and balances imposed on the African Americans.
(d) The character does not understand the truth of his situation.
8. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around
(a) national poverty
(c) problems associated with war
(d) racial tension
9. Of what does the vet accuse Mr. Norton?
(a) Of practicing racial prejudice
(b) Of treating the blacks unfairly
(c) Of failing to accomplish his mission for the college
(d) Of treating the blacks like impersonal conquests
10. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?
(a) the factory hospital
(b) a hospital
(c) a prison
(d) a mental ward
11. When the narrator goes to see Mr. Emerson, who does he actually see?
(a) Mr. Emerson's secretary
(b) Mr. Emerson's assistant
(c) an unnamed individual
(d) Mr. Emerson's son
12. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.
(b) Allowing the hero to fail
(c) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society
(d) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
13. According to the vet, who controls "things"?
(a) black people
(b) rich people
(c) white people
(d) white, upper-class males
14. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?
(a) The narrator approaches him with a bad attitude.
(b) He thinks the narrator is there to take his job.
(c) The narrator has difficulty following instructions.
(d) He has heard of the narrator's mistake.
15. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?
(a) the girl in his dream
(c) his vision
Short Answer Questions
1. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?
2. What do some of the black men carry?
3. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?
4. How is the paint symbolic?
5. How does the narrator regard Mr. Bledsoe?
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