Invisible Man Test | Final 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. In Chapter 14, why is Mary cooking cabbage?

2. What does the narrator purchase in Chapter 13 that reminds him of home?

3. Of what do the men in the bar in Chapter 20 accuse the narrator?

4. Why does the narrator decide against using Emma in his plans?

5. What does the figurine symbolize?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?

2. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?

3. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?

4. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.

5. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?

6. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?

7. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?

8. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.

9. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?

10. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in the novel, the graduating black boys are deliberately used as cruel sport for the white men at a club. Norton is at the club with all the other white men. Norton does not care about the black boys any more than anyone else does. Therefore, what is his purpose at the college? Explain the things that Mr. Norton and Brother Jack have in common.

Essay Topic 2

Someone has said that heresy is simply truth carried to an extreme. Explain, therefore, how either diversity or unity could be carried to an extreme, misused, and thus become heretical.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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