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. What mistake does the narrator make at Liberty Paints?

2. Ellison himself was a member of which branch of the military?

3. What had Mr. Trueblood done prior to his disgrace?

4. What group of society is represented by the white men at the Battle Royal?

5. Which of the following two concepts, in combination, does Ellison see as a "raft of hope."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the setting in chapter 5 provide additional foreshadowing?

4. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?

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

6. Why does the drug store have the pork chop and grits special?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Being invisible can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. By the end of the novel, how does the narrator intend to use his invisibility? Is the state of being invisible to the inner eye of other people something that can be changed? If so, how? If not, why not?

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

Blindness is one of the most pervasive motifs of the novel. Discuss the different types of blindness that are represented by the characters, for example, Norton, Mary, the two nuns, Brother Jack, Ras, the narrator himself, and others. Choose three or four characters that represent different types of blindness and explain how their blindness influences their actions and decisions. Is there anyone in the novel who sees clearly, whether he uses his sight for good or for evil purposes?

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