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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 makes the narrator think that his night with the white woman was a trap?
2. What truth is revealed about the Brotherhood in Chapter 22?
3. Upon the narrator's return to Harlem, he learns which of the following individuals has disappeared from the Brotherhood?
4. What happens when the narrator wears the sunglasses?
5. How does the narrator get out of playing along in Sybil's rape fantasy?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
2. What puzzling irony does the narrator tell us about the human race?
3. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?
4. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
5. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
6. What is meant by "white fever"?
7. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
8. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?
9. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?
10. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
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
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
What does the narrator mean when he talks about "existing outside of history"? Where does he envision himself by the end of the story? Since he never tells us his name, has he ultimately clarified or further obscured his self-discovery and identity?
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