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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. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?
(a) his vision
(d) the girl in his dream
2. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(b) It shows him that history is a part of the present
(c) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.
(d) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
3. What was the topic of the narrator's graduation day speech?
(b) Racial pride
4. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?
(a) He can't remember it.
(b) He is trying to protect himself
(c) He is too tired
(d) He doesn't realize that he hasn't said anything
5. How is the narrator's invisibility related to his residence?
(a) The white residents simply ignore him.
(b) He is able to come and go without being noticed.
(c) He lives in a building for whites and uses their electricity because they cannot conceive of his presence.
(d) The whites allow him to stay there because they consider him unimportant.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?
2. Where was the novel written?
3. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?
4. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?
5. How does the narrator describe the students as they enter the chapel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is important to know that the introduction was written 30 years after the novel itself?
2. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?
3. What mistake does the veteran doctor predict the narrator will make?
4. What does the narrator expect from his visit with Mr. Bates?
5. What final action does the hospital take to ensure the narrator's silence?
6. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."
7. What does Ellison mean when he says that for African Americans, all wars are "wars within wars."
8. Why does the drug store have the pork chop and grits special?
9. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?
10. Why do the grandfather's dying words make the narrator feel guilty about receiving praise?
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