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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) He thinks the man is Bledsoe.
(b) The man was preaching nonsense.
(c) The man greeted him with hostility.
(d) The man insulted him.

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

3. How does the narrator describe the students as they enter the chapel?
(a) They enter with dread and hesitation.
(b) They enter the chapel joyfully.
(c) They enter the chapel with resentment and fear.
(d) They enter with the love a captured people has for their conquerors.

4. How did the narrator get invited to participate in the Battle Royal?
(a) He happened to be at the hotel to give a speech to white men.
(b) He thought it was part of the award.
(c) He volunteered because it looked interesting.
(d) The people who arranged the speech planned to include him.

5. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?
(a) Truth is destined to come forth
(b) The light reveals all things
(c) The light reveals the truth
(d) The truth is the light and the light is the truth

6. Who else is on the bus to New York?
(a) no one
(b) the veteran doctor
(c) Mr. Trueblood
(d) another student

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

8. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around
(a) problems associated with war
(b) national poverty
(c) racial tension
(d) imperialism

9. The narrator's pondering of his upcoming punishment is an example of what literary device?
(a) allusion
(b) symbolism
(c) suspense
(d) foreshadowing

10. According to the vet, what does a white woman symbolize?
(a) possessions
(b) freedom
(c) love
(d) sexuality

11. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?
(a) saving a life
(b) failing to fulfil his duty
(c) returning to the states
(d) getting drunk

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

13. What does the narrator feel was his primary fault 20 years earlier?
(a) He was cowardly.
(b) He was too bold.
(c) He was naive.
(d) He was easily confused.

14. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?
(a) He thought he could get medical help there
(b) The car was out of gas.
(c) Mr. Norton was driving
(d) Mr. Norton ordered him to go there

15. What does the doctor mean when he says they "picked poor robin clean"?
(a) They have completely destroyed the narrator's memories
(b) They have taken all the narrator's money.
(c) They have eliminated any possibility of getting a job.
(d) They have damaged the narrator's personality

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?

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

3. Where is the vet going?

4. Why does Mr. Bledsoe compose his face into a bland mask?

5. Which of the following two concepts, in combination, does Ellison see as a "raft of hope."

(see the answer keys)

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