Shadow and Act Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Part 1, The Seer and the Seen, Section 1

1. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?
(a) Jazz musician.
(b) Poet.
(c) Police officer.
(d) College professor.

2. Where does Ellison grow up?
(a) Oklahoma City.
(b) New York City.
(c) Dallas.
(d) New Orleans.

3. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?
(a) Series of mind numbing and violent episodes.
(b) Romantic aspirations in the spirit of frontier adventurousness.
(c) Very controlled and regimented experience.
(d) Poverty stricken existence with little enjoyment.

4. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
(b) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.
(c) Be whoever they would and could be.
(d) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.

5. What are the three themes of "Shadow and Act" according to the Introduction?
(a) Classical Dance, Country Music and Folk Art.
(b) Literature, Jazz/Blues and the relationship between Negro America and American culture.
(c) White people, Black people, and Native Americans.
(d) Racism, Poverty and Obstruction of Justice.

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