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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 dark tunnel is symbolic of the narrator's

2. The main conflict of Ellison's original story revolves around

3. Dr. Bledsoe is preoccupied with what?

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

5. According to Ellison, for what have African Americans historically had to fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?

2. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?

3. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?

4. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.

5. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?

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

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

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

9. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.

10. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is illusion? Can illusion be imposed upon a person without his consent? Can illusion be chosen so effectively that a person believes his own fancies? Discuss which characters are choosing to be deluded. Is the delusion helping or hurting their cause?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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