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

2. What does the narrator see as he is watching people leave the chapel?
(a) Mr. Norton's car
(b) Dr. Bledsoe's cadillac
(c) Mr. Trueblood's car
(d) The veteran doctor

3. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?
(a) marijuana
(b) the girl in his dream
(c) music
(d) his vision

4. How does the narrator's grandfather regard his own meekness?
(a) He considers himself a victim
(b) He considers himself a traitor.
(c) He is proud of his choices.
(d) He considers himself a coward.

5. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?
(a) The vet praises Mr. Norton.
(b) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of ulterior motives.
(c) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of deception.
(d) The vet mocks Mr. Norton.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ellison, which of the following is important for perseverance?

2. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?

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

4. Of what does the vet accuse Mr. Norton?

5. What is Trueblood's explanation of the rape of his daughter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?

3. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.

4. Why does Mr. Norton give Jim Trueblood $100?

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

6. What lie does Dr. Bledsoe expect the narrator to tell?

7. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?

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

9. What does the veteran at the Golden Day understand that the narrator does not?

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

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