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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 cord in chapter 11 symbolize?
(a) rebirth
(b) loss
(c) isolation
(d) separation

2. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?
(a) The truth is the light and the light is the truth
(b) Truth is destined to come forth
(c) The light reveals all things
(d) The light reveals the truth

3. Why is the narrator offended by the man behind the drugstore counter?
(a) The man assumes will order the special of pork chops, grits, one egg, biscuits, and coffee.
(b) The man overcharges him.
(c) The man does not give him what he orders.
(d) The man wants to see his money before serving him.

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

5. Who else is on the bus to New York?
(a) another student
(b) Mr. Trueblood
(c) the veteran doctor
(d) no one

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the novel written?

2. When was the introduction of the novel written?

3. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?

4. Bledsoe tells the narrator that he should not worry about

5. In chapter 9, the narrator walks a short distance with another man. What is the man doing besides singing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the irony of the sign "Keep American Pure with Liberty Paints."

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

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

10. Why does the trip to the Trueblood house make the narrator feel uncomfortable?

(see the answer keys)

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