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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 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the three major section of the "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Heritage, Short Stories, Today and Tomorrow.
(b) Right, Wrong, Ambivilent.
(c) Beginning, Middle, End.
(d) White, Negro, Mixed Race.

2. Who is Stephen Crane?
(a) Ellison's first English professor who wrote "Black like me."
(b) A novelist born just after the Civil War.
(c) A 20th century novelist and author of "Here today, gone tomorrow."
(d) A English gentleman who has fast holdings of land, slaves and wealth.

3. 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.

4. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?
(a) The blues.
(b) Folk sculpture.
(c) African ethnic mask making.
(d) Modern dance.

5. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?
(a) There is no Negro neighborhood in Oklahoma City.
(b) Ellison's family has always been well to do and had nice houses.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"

2. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?

3. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?

4. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?

5. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?

(see the answer key)

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