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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?
(a) a cigar
(b) a beating
(c) marijuana
(d) liquor

2. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It shows him that history is a part of the present
(b) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
(c) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(d) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.

3. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?
(a) his vision
(b) music
(c) the girl in his dream
(d) marijuana

4. Where is the vet going?
(a) an undisclosed location
(b) New York
(c) Washington DC
(d) Canada

5. What was the topic of the narrator's graduation day speech?
(a) Courage
(b) Racial pride
(c) Equality
(d) Humilty

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

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

8. What does the narrator discuss with the woman in his dream?
(a) freedom
(b) fear
(c) racism
(d) responsibility

9. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?
(a) He doesn't understand or fit in the blue-collar/union world
(b) He is the only black person on the job
(c) He is not correctly educated for the job
(d) He is too highly educated for the job

10. According to the vet, who controls "things"?
(a) white people
(b) white, upper-class males
(c) black people
(d) rich people

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

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

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

14. What group of society is represented by the white men at the Battle Royal?
(a) Middle upper class (supervisors, lawyers, bankers, etc)
(b) Lower class (poor white men)
(c) Educators (professors, scientists)
(d) Leaders (governors, politicians)

15. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?
(a) They are rude to him.
(b) They appear to be making fun of him.
(c) They are very nice to him.
(d) The hardly seem to notice him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?

2. How does the narrator describe the students as they enter the chapel?

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

4. The narrator's need to give speeches is an example of what literary device?

5. According to Ellison, which of the following is true during times of war?

(see the answer keys)

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