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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 do some of the black men carry?
(a) radios
(b) shackles
(c) pouches strapped to their wrists
(d) brief cases

2. What makes the narrator homesick when he first gets to New York?
(a) the letters he carries
(b) a message from Mr. Norton
(c) the sight of other black people
(d) a Gideon Bible

3. Why is the narrator initially concerned about finding work as soon as possible?
(a) He hopes to save enough money for his fall tuition.
(b) He is concerned about being able to buy food.
(c) He is afraid he will run out of money for rent.
(d) He does not want to appear broke if he has to ask for credit for his room rent.

4. What group of society is represented by the white men at the Battle Royal?
(a) Lower class (poor white men)
(b) Middle upper class (supervisors, lawyers, bankers, etc)
(c) Educators (professors, scientists)
(d) Leaders (governors, politicians)

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the Reverend Barbee trip over Dr. Bledsoe?

2. What does the narrator discuss with the woman in his dream?

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

4. According to Ellison, which of the following is true during times of war?

5. How do the boys react to the naked girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is meant by "white fever"?

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

7. Why is Ras' anger ironic?

8. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?

9. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.

10. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?

(see the answer keys)

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