Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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.
Blindness is one of the most pervasive motifs of the novel. Discuss the different types of blindness that are represented by the characters, for example, Norton, Mary, the two nuns, Brother Jack, Ras, the narrator himself, and others. Choose three or four characters that represent different types of blindness and explain how their blindness influences their actions and decisions. Is there anyone in the novel who sees clearly, whether he uses his sight for good or for evil purposes?
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.
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?
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