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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, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?
2. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?
3. According to Mr. Brockway, what happened when the company tried to replace him?
4. How is the paint symbolic?
5. What does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?
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. Why does the drug store have the pork chop and grits special?
4. Why was the narrator doomed to fail at the paint factory?
5. What lie does Dr. Bledsoe expect the narrator to tell?
6. What surprises the narrator upon his arrival in Harlem?
7. What does the narrator expect from his visit with Mr. Bates?
8. Why does the narrator say he is invisible?
9. Why does Mr. Norton give Jim Trueblood $100?
10. In what way, according to the veteran, is the narrator likely to become a casualty?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
On several different occasions, the narrator speaks directly to the reader, ending in his epilogue with "perhaps I speak for you...." Who do you think Ellison imagined as his most likely audience? If the various groups of people in the book could be allegorical representations of cultural groups--i.e. college administrators, blue collar employers, political party leaders, low income minority groups, etc.--what message would they perceive in the novel? Choose two or three different groups and tell how the story might speak to each of them.
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
Discuss the use of white vs black and dark vs light throughout the novel. How are these contrasting concepts used in unexpected ways?
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