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

2. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?
(a) Their freedoms
(b) The right for fair employment
(c) The right for education
(d) The right to fight

3. Ellison's primary struggle in writing the book was
(a) Giving the hero sufficient depth of character
(b) Allowing the hero to fail
(c) Finding a way for the hero to succeed.
(d) Accepting the concept that nothing could really be done to change society

4. How does the narrator regard Mr. Bledsoe?
(a) As a protector
(b) As an unpredictable element
(c) As an enemy
(d) As a role model.

5. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?
(a) The man greeted him with hostility.
(b) The man was preaching nonsense.
(c) The man insulted him.
(d) He thinks the man is Bledsoe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator see as he is watching people leave the chapel?

2. Why is the narrator unable to see Mr. Bates?

3. What does the man in Emerson's office imply after reading the letter given him by the narrator?

4. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?

5. What unexpected sight does the narrator see in New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."

2. How has the narrator ended up in the factory hospital? How is he being treated once he gets there?

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

4. Why does the drug store have the pork chop and grits special?

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

6. What final action does the hospital take to ensure the narrator's silence?

7. What does Ellison mean when he says that for African Americans, all wars are "wars within wars."

8. What does the narrator notice while waiting for his appointment with the trustees?

9. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?

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

(see the answer keys)

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