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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. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?
(a) The truth is the light and the light is the truth
(b) The light reveals all things
(c) The light reveals the truth
(d) Truth is destined to come forth

2. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?
(a) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of deception.
(b) The vet mocks Mr. Norton.
(c) The vet accuses Mr. Norton of ulterior motives.
(d) The vet praises Mr. Norton.

3. Where was the novel written?
(a) New York
(b) Vermont
(c) Harlem
(d) Georgia

4. How does the narrator excuse his lack of responsibility?
(a) Responsibility cannot happen without recognition
(b) The downtrodden should not be expected to assume responsibility
(c) Because he is invisible, he doesn't know what responsibility to take
(d) No one has ever given him responsibility

5. Ellison's original story was written about which of the following?
(a) A slave
(b) An African American author
(c) A sharecropper
(d) An African American pilot

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the vet want the narrator to hear his story?

2. In addition to his memories, what else has the narrator lost?

3. How does Mr. Norton explain the day's events?

4. What is the narrator afraid of losing?

5. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

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

4. In what way, according to the veteran, is the narrator likely to become a casualty?

5. What surprises the narrator upon his arrival in Harlem?

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

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

8. What lie does Dr. Bledsoe expect the narrator to tell?

9. Why do the grandfather's dying words make the narrator feel guilty about receiving praise?

10. What literary device is used in Chapter 4?

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