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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 narrator considers himself an invisible man because ____________________.

2. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?

3. What is the narrator's explanation for taking Mr. Norton to the Golden Day?

4. What mistake does the narrator make at Liberty Paints?

5. What truth does the vet tell to the narrator that the narrator does not yet understand?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mr. Norton give Jim Trueblood $100?

3. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."

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

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

6. What does the narrator notice while waiting for his appointment with the trustees?

7. What literary device is used in Chapter 4?

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

9. Who are the sleeping ones?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Being invisible can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. By the end of the novel, how does the narrator intend to use his invisibility? Is the state of being invisible to the inner eye of other people something that can be changed? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

Several times the narrator recalls his grandfather's dying words. Discuss the situations in which the narrator recalls his grandfather, showing how he reacts to those memories upon different occasions.

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