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. The concept of the character as invisible is symbolic of which of the following conditions?

2. Where is the vet going?

3. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?

4. The narrator's need to give speeches is an example of what literary device?

5. Where was the novel written?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."

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

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

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

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

10. Who are the sleeping ones?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the symbolism of the following items: the figurine bank, the dark glasses, the briefcase, the dancing dolls, the piece of chain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of white vs black and dark vs light throughout the novel. How are these contrasting concepts used in unexpected ways?

Essay Topic 3

The Brotherhood is concerned about its own purposes and really has no interest in the issues of eviction of black people from their homes or in other racial issues in Harlem. Write an essay about the Brotherhood in which you locate and explain hints that they are using the narrator merely as a tool for their own purpose. What is their purpose? Why does the narrator fail to recognize it until too late to prevent a riot?

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