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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) More Negro writers.
(d) Hispanic authors.

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

3. What is the occasion of Ellison's speech "Brave Words on a Startling Occasion?"
(a) Induction into the American Negro Writer's Hall of Fame.
(b) Address to the Harvard University graduating class of 1950.
(c) Eldest son's wedding.
(d) Acceptance of the American National Book Award in 1953.

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

5. Who is Stanley Hyman's favorite archetypal figure?
(a) Trickster.
(b) Messiah.
(c) Orphaned prince.
(d) King.

6. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?
(a) Very controlled and regimented experience.
(b) Poverty stricken existence with little enjoyment.
(c) Series of mind numbing and violent episodes.
(d) Romantic aspirations in the spirit of frontier adventurousness.

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

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

9. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?
(a) Comrades in arms.
(b) Alienation and scorn.
(c) Antagonistic cooperation.
(d) Bitterly opposed enemies.

10. Which critics of "Black Boy" does Ellison want to respond to?
(a) Those who believe Wright is self-involved.
(b) Those who believe Wright is a communist.
(c) Those who see the book as a miracle and its author a mystery.
(d) Those who believe Wright is exaggerating the truth.

11. What is Ellison's original career direction?
(a) Play the trumpet.
(b) Tend gardens.
(c) Design buildings.
(d) Heal the sick.

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

13. What Bible myth is referred to in "The World and the Jug?"
(a) Noah, Ham, Shem and Japheth.
(b) Baby Moses and the Pharaoh's daughter.
(c) Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
(d) Garden of Eden.

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

15. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?
(a) It is a Negro audience and they already know his story.
(b) Too painful for him to speak about.
(c) To avoid boring the audience.
(d) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.

Short Answer Questions

1. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?

2. What are Crane's parents like?

3. What does the phrase "beating that boy" mean?

4. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?

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

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