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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?
(a) "Between and betwixt fantasy and reality."
(b) "In no man's land which cannot be grasped."
(c) "On the field of family ties."
(d) "Within the individual human heart."

2. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?
(a) Major, widely-read American authors.
(b) Young unknown writers.
(c) Hispanic authors.
(d) More Negro writers.

3. Other white cultures have black face type entertainment, but what is different about American black face?
(a) American black face is performed by Negro actors only.
(b) The American history of slavery makes it a "ritual of exorcism."
(c) The American history of inclusive entertainment makes it acceptable.
(d) American black face is always light and fun.

4. Where does Ellison give the public address "Hidden Name and Complex Fate?"
(a) Rutgers University Convocation on Race and Entitlement.
(b) National Association of the Advancement of Colored People.
(c) nternational Peace Conference in Geneva, New York.
(d) Library of Congress in 1964.

5. Which American writers is the piece "Black Boys and Native Sons" about?
(a) William Faulkner, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Irving Howe, Ralph Ellison and Joe Frasier.
(c) Joe Henry, Jules Verne and Thomas Edison.
(d) Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin.

6. What does Wright do at age four?
(a) Begins to read.
(b) Plays the piano.
(c) Makes a speech at church.
(d) Sets the house on fire.

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

8. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?
(a) Oklahoma is founded on Mormon principles which forbade prejudice.
(b) It has no tradition of slavery.
(c) It is fully integrated and equality was legislated.
(d) There are almost no Negroes in Oklahoma.

9. Who is Richard Wright to Ellison?
(a) Friend for whose magazine he wrote his first book review and short story.
(b) Hero and the mentor of all Ellison's work.
(c) Source of Ellison's inspiration and success.
(d) Spiritual father who nurtured and guided Ellison's writing.

10. What is minstrel show black face?
(a) White performers painting their faces black and acting in a pseudo-Negro nonsensical way.
(b) Black actors acting in minstrel shows that are comic and touching.
(c) Southern music and dance.
(d) Dark themed short skits and plays in vaudeville.

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

12. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?
(a) Hemingway is a writer Ellison strongly identifies with.
(b) Hemingway once called Ellison by the wrong name, Emerson.
(c) The name Hemingway is a pseudonym.
(d) Hemingway is often misspelled and therefore hidden.

13. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?
(a) Refused to participate in school.
(b) Sought individual freedom in a "pre-individual" Negro culture.
(c) Ran for public office and refused to accept defeat.
(d) Was loud and demanding of others.

14. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Comprehensive Study of the Unruly Seas of Race.
(b) How-to book for Bigots and Innocents.
(c) Short Course on the American Negro for Those Who "Beat That Boy".
(d) Method for finding Peace and Harmony among the Races.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Stanley Hyman's favorite archetypal figure?

2. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?

3. Ellison says Hemingway sought technical perfection rather than what?

4. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?

5. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"

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