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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 is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?
(a) The car was out of gas.
(b) He thought he could get medical help there
(c) Mr. Norton ordered him to go there
(d) Mr. Norton was driving

2. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?
(a) The character does not understand the truth of his situation.
(b) There are so many people like the hero that no one notices them.
(c) Whites are morally blind to the checks and balances imposed on the African Americans.
(d) The character has deliberately denied his true place in society.

3. 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 taken all the narrator's money.
(d) They have eliminated any possibility of getting a job.

4. What does the narrator fear is the reason for his inability to get an appointment with the trustees?
(a) He fears a conspiracy.
(b) He thinks the secretaries are not telling him the truth.
(c) He fears there may not be any jobs after all.
(d) He thinks no one is seeing the letters he submitted.

5. Where does the road in the college town ultimately lead?
(a) To a chapel
(b) To the college
(c) To a statue
(d) To a mental institution

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?

2. Why is the narrator unable to see Mr. Bates?

3. According to Ellison, which of the following is important for perseverance?

4. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?

5. What is most unusual about the narrator's residence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the setting in chapter 5 provide additional foreshadowing?

3. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?

4. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?

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

6. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?

7. Why is the narrator's work on the "woman question" cut short?

8. What favor does the young Mr. Emerson do for the narrator?

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

10. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?

(see the answer keys)

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