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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. How does the narrator's grandfather regard his own meekness?
(a) He considers himself a traitor.
(b) He considers himself a coward.
(c) He is proud of his choices.
(d) He considers himself a victim

2. What was the topic of the narrator's graduation day speech?
(a) Courage
(b) Humilty
(c) Equality
(d) Racial pride

3. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?
(a) a mental ward
(b) a prison
(c) a hospital
(d) the factory hospital

4. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?
(a) He has heard of the narrator's mistake.
(b) The narrator approaches him with a bad attitude.
(c) He thinks the narrator is there to take his job.
(d) The narrator has difficulty following instructions.

5. How is the paint symbolic?
(a) It symbolizes work and success
(b) It is white, reminding the narrator of the slogan, Keep America Pure with Liberty Paints.
(c) It symbolizes society's ability to cover evils
(d) It symbolizes purity and correctness

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the vet, what does a white woman symbolize?

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

3. Why does the narrator feel disillusioned when looking at the picture of the Founder?

4. In spite of losing his identity, what does the narrator retain?

5. What does the narrator lack in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is important to know that the introduction was written 30 years after the novel itself?

3. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

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

5. What mistake does the veteran doctor predict the narrator will make?

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

7. What literary device is used in Chapter 4?

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

9. How has the narrator ended up in the factory hospital? How is he being treated once he gets there?

10. Why was the narrator doomed to fail at the paint factory?

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