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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?
(a) Steel jug waiting for a black messiah to come and blow off the cork.
(b) Empty jug with no way out.
(c) Jug of beer in which they are drowning.
(d) Heavy jug that takes two men to lift it.

2. What Greek myth does Ellison refer to in "Brave Words?"
(a) The birth of Athena.
(b) The Odyssey and Proteus.
(c) Theseus and Antigone.
(d) Zeus and Poseidon.

3. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?
(a) Wise and loyal.
(b) Something to be ignored.
(c) Omniscient, omnipotent and as relentless as a Mississippi flood.
(d) A being from another planet.

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

5. Who is Irving Howe?
(a) Hispanic Indian man who met Ellison in a bar.
(b) Pseudonym for Richard Wright.
(c) Negro professor from Mississippi University.
(d) White liberal writer from New York City.

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

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

8. What does Crane die of and where?
(a) Tuberculosis, in the far Black Forest of Germany.
(b) In a fierce battle on the plains of Alsace.
(c) The black plague of 1834, in London, England.
(d) Murder, on board a ship crossing the Atlantic.

9. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?
(a) He was the first great Negro author.
(b) He was talented in so many artistic fields.
(c) He wrote so many books.
(d) Under pressure and panic he stuck to his guns.

10. As a child what is Wright unable to distinguish between?
(a) Right and Wrong.
(b) When to be quiet and when to speak.
(c) His fair-skinned grandmother and the white women of the town.
(d) Day and night.

11. What does Ellison praise about "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Realistic and therefore does not contain much hope.
(b) Short and to the point.
(c) Easy to read and young children will like it.
(d) The search for images of black and white fraternity.

12. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?
(a) The keeper of Sophocles flame.
(b) Pinnacle of the romantic poets of the 1950s.
(c) Household god for many contemporary novelists.
(d) Philosopher king who wrecked the castle.

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

14. Who is Henry Bowman Otto Davis?
(a) Author of "Radios and Communication, a guide."
(b) Little white boy known as Hoolie befriended by the young Ellison.
(c) Editor of the first magazine which published Ellison.
(d) Father of Ellison's grade school nemesis, Horatio Davis.

15. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?
(a) The prominent Negro intellectual who wrote "Santa Claus is Black."
(b) A scholar who wrote on the relationship between Negro literature and folklore.
(c) Ellison's uncle who has a good sense of humor.
(d) A lyricist and comedian in the 1930's.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?

3. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?

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

5. What does Wright do at age four?

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