Shadow and Act Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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

2. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?
(a) Ellison's family has always been well to do and had nice houses.
(b) There is no Negro neighborhood in Oklahoma City.
(c) Ellison's father made a great deal of money in the railroad business.
(d) His mother, a single parent, is a custodian in an apartment building there.

3. Who is Stanley Hyman's favorite archetypal figure?
(a) Trickster.
(b) King.
(c) Messiah.
(d) Orphaned prince.

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

5. What does Mark Twain do with the character of Jim that breaks through the black face minstrel tradition?
(a) Jim's very serious and not at all fun.
(b) Jim is stereotypical and boring.
(c) He's a complex, dignified and very human person.
(d) Jim performs black face without the paint.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison believe writing is?

2. What does Falkner understand about racial social code of the South?

3. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?

4. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?

5. How does Ellison start writing?

(see the answer key)

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