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. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?

2. What does Trueblood's story suggest about the white men at the jail house?

3. What does the man in Emerson's office imply after reading the letter given him by the narrator?

4. What does the cord in chapter 11 symbolize?

5. Why does the narrator not tell the doctors his name after the procedure?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what kind of action has music called the narrator?

2. In what way, according to the veteran, is the narrator likely to become a casualty?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is important to know that the introduction was written 30 years after the novel itself?

9. What lie does Dr. Bledsoe expect the narrator to tell?

10. What favor does the young Mr. Emerson do for the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On several different occasions, the narrator speaks directly to the reader, ending in his epilogue with "perhaps I speak for you...." Who do you think Ellison imagined as his most likely audience? If the various groups of people in the book could be allegorical representations of cultural groups--i.e. college administrators, blue collar employers, political party leaders, low income minority groups, etc.--what message would they perceive in the novel? Choose two or three different groups and tell how the story might speak to each of them.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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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