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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. How does Mr. Norton explain the day's events?
(a) He says the trip was the narrator's idea.
(b) He claims the narrator took advantage of his (Norton's) illness
(c) He says the narrator was not responsible.
(d) He has no explanation.

2. What is the vet's final advice to the narrator?
(a) Watch for opportunities to get close to people like Norton
(b) Defy people like Norton
(c) Find ways to manipulate people like Norton
(d) Stay away from people like Mr. Norton

3. The image of the slave owners bidding for a naked girl is
(a) something the narrator recalls from his childhood
(b) a picture the narrator had seen in a book
(c) something that happened to the narrator's father
(d) a vison induced by marijuana

4. What is ironic about Trueblood's situation?
(a) He receives charity from the whites.
(b) The college wants him to stay around.
(c) Other men have done the same thing.
(d) The college wants him to leave.

5. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.
(b) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(c) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
(d) It shows him that history is a part of the present

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who else is on the bus to New York?

3. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?

4. Where is the vet going?

5. What two groups of people must pay the price for being irresponsible?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

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

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

7. What literary device is used in Chapter 4?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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