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. Why is Brockway hostile toward the narrator?

2. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around

3. Why is the narrator offended by the man behind the drugstore counter?

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

5. What unexpected sight does the narrator see in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What favor does the young Mr. Emerson do for the narrator?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is meant by "white fever"?

9. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?

10. Why does the trip to the Trueblood house make the narrator feel uncomfortable?

Essay 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

Several times the narrator recalls his grandfather's dying words. Discuss the situations in which the narrator recalls his grandfather, showing how he reacts to those memories upon different occasions.

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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