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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. Who does the narrator plan to use to destroy the Brotherhood
2. What truth about the Brotherhood does the narrator realize in Chapter 20?
3. Where does Brother Jack send the narrator at the end of the meeting?
4. What time of day does Brother Jack meet the narrator in the beginning of Chapter 17
5. What is the symbolic association of the arena in Chapter 16?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?
2. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
3. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?
4. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
5. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
6. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
7. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
8. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
9. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?
10. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Explain the symbolism of the following items: the figurine bank, the dark glasses, the briefcase, the dancing dolls, the piece of chain.
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