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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. The dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's
(a) unwillingness to face the truth
(b) lack of knowledge about himself
(c) lack of understanding about culture and society as a whole
(d) invisible nature in relation to white people

2. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around
(a) national poverty
(b) racial tension
(c) imperialism
(d) problems associated with war

3. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?
(a) power
(b) keeping his position
(c) getting even
(d) preventing Mr. Norton from expelling the narrator

4. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?
(a) airforce
(b) army
(c) navy
(d) Merchant Marines

5. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?
(a) The right for education
(b) Their freedoms
(c) The right for fair employment
(d) The right to fight

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the introduction of the novel written?

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

3. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?

4. How is the paint symbolic?

5. Why does the Reverend Barbee trip over Dr. Bledsoe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?

2. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?

3. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?

4. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.

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

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

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

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

9. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.

10. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.

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