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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. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?
(a) In the Harvard Review of Literature, 1950.
(b) In the Atlantic Monthly.
(c) It was never published.
(d) As an introduction to "The Red Badge of Courage" 1960 printing.

2. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?
(a) To be the first Negro writer to write science-fiction.
(b) To bring in supernatural elements.
(c) To capture the fluidity and diversity of America.
(d) To be released from expectations.

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

4. What is Ellison's original choice of career?
(a) Policeman.
(b) Barber.
(c) Politician.
(d) Musician.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?

2. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"

3. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?

4. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?

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

(see the answer key)

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