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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Sound and the Mainstream, Section 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?
(a) The Antioch Review, Summer 1945.
(b) The New York Times, Fall 1955.
(c) The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Summer 1935.
(d) The Oklahoman Messenger, Winter 1919.

2. How does Ellison define the "understanding of art?"
(a) Depending upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity.
(b) It is not to be understood, only felt.
(c) Limited to a very few elite patrons.
(d) Created by the whims of the culture at the time.

3. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?
(a) Modern dance.
(b) Folk sculpture.
(c) African ethnic mask making.
(d) The blues.

4. What does the hero of "Invisible Man" do that is a common theme in Negro folklore?
(a) Writes his thoughts in song lyrics.
(b) Layers meaning under jokes and images of nature.
(c) Hides his true self from the world.
(d) Travels from the south and goes north to find freedom.

5. Is Ellison interested primarily in injustice or art?
(a) Injustice.
(b) Art.
(c) Both equally.
(d) Neither.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison read in 1935 that moves and intrigues him?

2. Why are slaves able to express themselves in art?

3. What is Ellison reading when he begins writing "Invisible Man?"

4. Where is Richard Wright born?

5. Jones contends "A slave cannot be a ______" (fill in word).

(see the answer key)

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