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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

The narrator's grandfather tries to explain how he himself had failed the black people. What does the narrator initially not understand about the concept of "yessing" them to death? How does he eventually understand and adopt the idea? What conclusion does he finally draw about appearing to agree while actually plotting against someone?

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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