Shadow and Act Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Sound and the Mainstream, Section 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who lives on the left of Ellison?
(a) Husband and wife who constantly bicker.
(b) Night shift worker who likes Count Bassie.
(c) Jazz drummer and trumpet player.
(d) Large family with several sets of infant twins.

2. What are Crane's parents like?
(a) Marxist sympathizers.
(b) Libertine alcoholics.
(c) Fundamentalist Christians.
(d) French born intellectuals.

3. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?
(a) To be released from expectations.
(b) To capture the fluidity and diversity of America.
(c) To bring in supernatural elements.
(d) To be the first Negro writer to write science-fiction.

4. What does the drunk of legend who lives on the corner like to yell?
(a) Shut up.
(b) I'm lost.
(c) It's a long way to Tipperary.
(d) Ain't nobody here but me.

5. What does the phrase "beating that boy" mean?
(a) The insidious method of beating the life out of a Negro man by calling him "boy".
(b) Polite conversation between white and Negro persons about the "Negro problem".
(c) A quick victory in chess.
(d) The actions of white policemen upon finding Negros in the wrong part of town.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the occasion of Ellison's speech "Brave Words on a Startling Occasion?"

2. What does Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?

3. How many children are in Stephen Crane's birth family?

4. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?

5. Who is Ellison named after?

(see the answer key)

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