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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. When was the introduction of the novel written?
(a) Sporadically during the writing of the story
(b) 30 years after the text itself
(c) Immediately after finishing the story.
(d) Before the text of the story
2. What does the doctor mean when he says they "picked poor robin clean"?
(a) They have completely destroyed the narrator's memories
(b) They have eliminated any possibility of getting a job.
(c) They have taken all the narrator's money.
(d) They have damaged the narrator's personality
3. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?
(a) He is too tired
(b) He doesn't realize that he hasn't said anything
(c) He can't remember it.
(d) He is trying to protect himself
4. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?
(a) saving a life
(b) failing to fulfil his duty
(c) returning to the states
(d) getting drunk
5. What revelation does the "Tom Show" provide for Ellison?
(a) It convinces him that history will be repeated
(b) It convinces him that history cannot be changed.
(c) It shows him that history is a part of the present
(d) It reveals the futility of fighting agains the majority.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the moon symbolize?
2. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?
3. How does the narrator's grandfather regard his own meekness?
4. What does the narrator want to do in Chapter 12?
5. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Mr. Norton give Jim Trueblood $100?
2. What surprises the narrator upon his arrival in Harlem?
3. What lie does Dr. Bledsoe expect the narrator to tell?
4. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?
5. What does the narrator expect from his visit with Mr. Bates?
6. Why does the trip to the Trueblood house make the narrator feel uncomfortable?
7. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?
8. What mistake does the veteran doctor predict the narrator will make?
9. What does the veteran at the Golden Day understand that the narrator does not?
10. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."
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