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

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

3. 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) Be whoever they would and could be.
(c) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(d) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.

4. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?
(a) What is real.
(b) Tricks of the trade.
(c) Eternal truth.
(d) Fun.

5. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Ernest Hemingway?
(a) Hemingway grew up in Oklahoma City also.
(b) Hemingway ignored the dramatic and symbolic possibilities a Negro character would present.
(c) Hemingway sold more books than any other American author.
(d) Hemingway was not American.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellison start writing?

2. What book does Hemingway believe all modern American fiction sprang from?

3. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?

4. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?

5. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?

(see the answer key)

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