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 Ellison, which of the following is true during times of war?

2. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?

3. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?

4. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?

5. Who else is on the bus to New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are the sleeping ones?

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

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

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

6. Why does the narrator say he is invisible?

7. Why do the people at the Men's House treat him with hostility?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an analysis of the various locations in which the narrator lives, i.e, the college, Harlem, in his new apartment, and finally in the "hole." Discuss how each location is a reflection of his changing attitude/character.

Essay Topic 3

Music or singing occur several times in the novel and the narrator himself refers to Armstrong. Explain how music contributes to the overall plot of the novel. Consider not only the narrator's private thoughts about music, but also the music in the chapel in Chapter 2, the music at the Brotherhood party, the man singing at Clifton's funeral, and others.

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