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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1, The Seer and the Seen, Section 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is minstrel show black face?
(a) Dark themed short skits and plays in vaudeville.
(b) Southern music and dance.
(c) Black actors acting in minstrel shows that are comic and touching.
(d) White performers painting their faces black and acting in a pseudo-Negro nonsensical way.

2. What does Huckleberry Finn recognize about the Negro character, Jim?
(a) Jim can make him lots of money if Huck will return him to his owner.
(b) Jim knows the landscape and can take Huck anywhere.
(c) Jim is not only a slave, but a human being.
(d) Jim is very ill and near death.

3. For Ellison a primary difference between Twain and Hemingway is what?
(a) Hemingway writes about his own personal myth and Twain writes about the national myth.
(b) Twain was trained in writing and Hemingway was not.
(c) Twain was an abolitionist and Hemingway was a prohibitionists.
(d) Twain was creative and Hemingway factual.

4. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(b) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(c) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
(d) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.

5. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Mark Twain?
(a) Twain offers a unique historical perspective.
(b) Twain was a humorist.
(c) Twain was a slave owner and trader.
(d) Twain was married to a Negro woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ellison's original career direction?

2. Why does Ellison choose to analyze William Falkner?

3. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?

4. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?

5. What does Ellison believe writing is?

(see the answer key)

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