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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?
(a) Negro term for white people.
(b) Negro term for nightfall.
(c) American melting pot.
(d) Slang word for feeling bored.

5. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"
(a) An angry young man's immoderate tale of delusion.
(b) A non-white intellectual's statement of his relationship with Western culture.
(c) The Negro answer to "Huckleberry Finn."
(d) Another failed attempt to pierce the great wall between races.

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

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

8. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?
(a) Europe.
(b) West Indies.
(c) Africa.
(d) America.

9. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?
(a) Twain's humor and light approach to storytelling.
(b) Twain's political and social construct.
(c) Twain's understanding that technique is to be used in the service of truth.
(d) Twain's focus on American subjects.

10. How old is Crane when he wrote his masterpiece "The Red Badge of Courage?"
(a) 45.
(b) 16,
(c) 21.
(d) 79.

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

12. What assumption does Ellison start with when writing about Negro persons?
(a) His task as a writer is to save them from the white world.
(b) They are his responsibility to explain.
(c) Only he, as a Negro writer, can find truth and beauty in their lives.
(d) Men with black skins are unquestionably human.

13. Why does Ellison choose to analyze William Falkner?
(a) Falkner is a great artist and could not be left out of the discussion.
(b) Falkner is very critical of Ellison's novel.
(c) Falkner is a close personal friend of Ellison.
(d) Falkner writes about Negro life with mixed motives but also with great success.

14. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"
(a) Criticizes his own writing.
(b) Written only for a white audience.
(c) Assumes an absolute separation of the races.
(d) Uses the word "Boy" in its title.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?

2. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?

3. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?

4. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?

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

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