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 bit of advice from the young Mr. Emerson does the narrator actually heed?

2. When was the introduction of the novel written?

3. What does the narrator credit for his "call to action"?

4. What does the narrator fear is the reason for his inability to get an appointment with the trustees?

5. What does the narrator feel was his primary fault 20 years earlier?

Short Essay Questions

1. What literary device is used in Chapter 4?

2. Why does the trip to the Trueblood house make the narrator feel uncomfortable?

3. Of what "irresponsibility" are sleepwalkers and dreamers accused?

4. What does Ellison mean by "benign neglect"?

5. How has the narrator ended up in the factory hospital? How is he being treated once he gets there?

6. Why does the narrator say he is invisible?

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

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

9. Who are the sleeping ones?

10. Explain the irony of the sign "Keep American Pure with Liberty Paints."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Music or singing occur several times in the novel and the narrator himself refers to Armstrong. Explain how music contributes to the overall plot of the novel. Consider not only the narrator's private thoughts about music, but also the music in the chapel in Chapter 2, the music at the Brotherhood party, the man singing at Clifton's funeral, and others.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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