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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) Before the text of the story
(b) 30 years after the text itself
(c) Immediately after finishing the story.
(d) Sporadically during the writing of the story

2. How is the narrator's invisibility related to his residence?
(a) The whites allow him to stay there because they consider him unimportant.
(b) The white residents simply ignore him.
(c) He is able to come and go without being noticed.
(d) He lives in a building for whites and uses their electricity because they cannot conceive of his presence.

3. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?
(a) He was a guest lecturer
(b) He was an employee of the college.
(c) He had been involved in tutoring the black students.
(d) He was a special singer at the college.

4. What does Mr. Norton give to Trueblood?
(a) A lecture on morality
(b) Nothing
(c) A bottle of whiskey
(d) A hundred dollar bill

5. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?
(a) motivation to keep going
(b) A sense of direction
(c) his interest in returning to college
(d) money to live on

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is ironic about Trueblood's situation?

3. What, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?

4. Why does the narrator have difficulty getting along on his first two jobs?

5. What does the narrator recall having been given instead of a cigarette?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

9. To what kind of action has music called the narrator?

10. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?

(see the answer keys)

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