Invisible Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Reverend Barbee, why does Dr. Bledsoe enjoy a position of apparent power?

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

3. What would the narrator like to add to his "hole"?

4. How did the narrator get invited to participate in the Battle Royal?

5. What is the real purpose of the Reverend's speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?

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

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

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

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

10. What does the narrator notice while waiting for his appointment with the trustees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare/contrast the leaders of the Brotherhood with Dr. Bledsoe and Mr. Norton. How does each group accomplish or fail to accomplish their ultimate goals?

Essay Topic 2

Early in the novel, the narrator endures a non-surgical pre-frontal lobotomy that is supposed to erase his memories, make him a more pliable worker, and prevent him from bringing charges against the factory. He does change after the experience, but not exactly in the way usually expected of a lobotomy. Discuss the changes that begin taking place. What changes are permanent? What changes seem to occur gradually? Do they make the narrator a better man?

Essay Topic 3

What does the narrator mean when he talks about "existing outside of history"? Where does he envision himself by the end of the story? Since he never tells us his name, has he ultimately clarified or further obscured his self-discovery and identity?

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