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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 narrator's anger is primarily focuses against
2. What realization does the narrator have in Chapter 21?
3. Where does Brother Jack send the narrator at the end of the meeting?
4. What do the elderly couple want to do that the marshals deny them?
5. What fault does Emma find with the narrator?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
2. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
3. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
4. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
5. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?
6. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
7. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
8. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
9. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
10. Why is the narrator's work on the "woman question" cut short?
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
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
Several times the narrator recalls his grandfather's dying words. Discuss the situations in which the narrator recalls his grandfather, showing how he reacts to those memories upon different occasions.
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