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 does the narrator notice about the whites in the city?

2. What would the narrator like to add to his "hole"?

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

4. The image of the slave owners bidding for a naked girl is

5. Which of the following represents the narrator's philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who are the sleeping ones?

4. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?

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

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

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

8. What does the veteran at the Golden Day understand that the narrator does not?

9. What final action does the hospital take to ensure the narrator's silence?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Someone has said that heresy is simply truth carried to an extreme. Explain, therefore, how either diversity or unity could be carried to an extreme, misused, and thus become heretical.

Essay Topic 2

In his last meeting with Hambro, the narrator is told that his own members--the blacks in Harlem--must be sacrificed for the good of the Brotherhood and that they will be making temporary alliances with other groups. Since the alliance with the blacks seems to have accomplished nothing for the blacks themselves, what was the purpose of the work in Harlem? Why did it fail? How did the alliance--if such it could be called--contribute to the riot?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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