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

2. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?
(a) saving a life
(b) getting drunk
(c) failing to fulfil his duty
(d) returning to the states

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

4. What does the doctor mean when he says they "picked poor robin clean"?
(a) They have damaged the narrator's personality
(b) They have completely destroyed the narrator's memories
(c) They have eliminated any possibility of getting a job.
(d) They have taken all the narrator's money.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?

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

3. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?

4. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around

5. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

7. Of what "irresponsibility" are sleepwalkers and dreamers accused?

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

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

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

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