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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?
(a) getting even
(b) power
(c) keeping his position
(d) preventing Mr. Norton from expelling the narrator

3. How does Mr. Norton explain the day's events?
(a) He says the narrator was not responsible.
(b) He says the trip was the narrator's idea.
(c) He claims the narrator took advantage of his (Norton's) illness
(d) He has no explanation.

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

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

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

7. The narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.
(a) people can't see him
(b) people refuse to see him with their inner eyes
(c) people subconsciously ignore him
(d) people don't understand him

8. Which of the following two concepts, in combination, does Ellison see as a "raft of hope."
(a) equality and art
(b) democracy and truth
(c) compassion and equality
(d) art and democracy

9. What, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?
(a) his background and education
(b) his lack of experience
(c) his attitude
(d) his color

10. 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 volunteered because it looked interesting.
(c) He thought it was part of the award.
(d) The people who arranged the speech planned to include him.

11. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?
(a) his strength
(b) his fear
(c) his motivation
(d) his cash

12. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's
(a) lack of knowledge about himself
(b) unwillingness to face the truth
(c) lack of understanding about culture and society as a whole
(d) invisible nature in relation to white people

13. What does the moon symbolize?
(a) The eye of God
(b) An eye that sees only what it chooses.
(c) The vision of those in power.
(d) Intellectual vision that is defective

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

15. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?
(a) That he should not be afraid of white men
(b) That he is doomed to failure
(c) That he is invisible
(d) That the white men are trying to destroy him

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the vet want the narrator to hear his story?

2. What group of society is represented by the white men at the Battle Royal?

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

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

5. What does the narrator want to do in Chapter 12?

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