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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 truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?
(a) That he is doomed to failure
(b) That he should not be afraid of white men
(c) That he is invisible
(d) That the white men are trying to destroy him

2. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?
(a) his strength
(b) his cash
(c) his fear
(d) his motivation

3. In spite of losing his identity, what does the narrator retain?
(a) his naive outlook on life
(b) an urgency to find a job
(c) a desire for revenge
(d) the memory of Mr. Norton

4. When the narrator goes to see Mr. Emerson, who does he actually see?
(a) an unnamed individual
(b) Mr. Emerson's son
(c) Mr. Emerson's secretary
(d) Mr. Emerson's assistant

5. What mistake does the narrator make at Liberty Paints?
(a) He uses the wrong tank of paint
(b) He adds paint remover instead of the pigment to the paint
(c) He adds too much pigment to the paint
(d) He does not paint the sample correctly.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?

2. What is the narrator afraid of losing?

3. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?

4. When was the introduction of the novel written?

5. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is important to know that the introduction was written 30 years after the novel itself?

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

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

5. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?

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

7. Why do the people at the Men's House treat him with hostility?

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

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

10. Why does the narrator say he is invisible?

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