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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Mr. Brockway, what happened when the company tried to replace him?
(a) No one else would take the job
(b) The union went to bat for him.
(c) All the paint went bad
(d) The other workers went on strike

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

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

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

5. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?
(a) They secretly enjoyed hearing his story.
(b) They didn't believe his story.
(c) They were horrified by his story and tried to get him to move.
(d) They were angry and kept him in town as an example of how not to behave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bit of advice from the young Mr. Emerson does the narrator actually heed?

2. What procedure is performed on the narrator?

3. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?

4. What does the moon symbolize?

5. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what kind of action has music called the narrator?

2. Who are the sleeping ones?

3. In what way, according to the veteran, is the narrator likely to become a casualty?

4. Of what "irresponsibility" are sleepwalkers and dreamers accused?

5. How does the setting in chapter 5 provide additional foreshadowing?

6. What does Ellison mean by "benign neglect"?

7. What does the narrator expect from his visit with Mr. Bates?

8. What is the objective of Rev. Barbee's sermon?

9. Why was the narrator doomed to fail at the paint factory?

10. How was the narrator's graduation speech a betrayal of black people?

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