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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. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?

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

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

5. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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