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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 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?
(a) Effect of war upon culture.
(b) Inevitable rise and fall of every civilization.
(c) Northern Negro experience.
(d) Nature of man.

2. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?
(a) Cousins who grew up together in Oklahoma.
(b) Friends and intellectual sparing partners.
(c) Writers who abhor each other's work.
(d) Professors competing over the same university job.

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

4. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?
(a) Police officer.
(b) College professor.
(c) Jazz musician.
(d) Poet.

5. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?
(a) Africa.
(b) West Indies.
(c) America.
(d) Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?

2. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Ernest Hemingway?

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

4. In the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" what does Ellison say black face allows white America to do?

5. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?

(see the answer key)

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