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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?
(a) The complexity of writing fiction.
(b) The power of the blues.
(c) To climb great mountains.
(d) To walk the razor's edge of reason.

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

5. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?
(a) Focused on detectives and criminals.
(b) Too boring for what he wants to say.
(c) Primarily a white form of writing.
(d) Full of physical violence, social cynicism and understatement.

6. How many children are in Stephen Crane's birth family?
(a) 14.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 20.

7. What type of literature does Ellison believe Wright's novel "Black Boy" is?
(a) Sociological case history.
(b) Autobiography.
(c) Work of fiction.
(d) Weapon against prejudice and injustice.

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

9. What musician does Ellison see as the true "trickster" archetype?
(a) Louis Armstrong.
(b) Charlie Parker.
(c) Mahalia Jackson.
(d) Jack Benny.

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

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

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

13. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?
(a) Seclusion.
(b) Violence.
(c) Passivity.
(d) Retreat.

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

15. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?
(a) A lyricist and comedian in the 1930's.
(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) The prominent Negro intellectual who wrote "Santa Claus is Black."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where and when is the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" published?

2. For Ellison a primary difference between Twain and Hemingway is what?

3. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?

4. In the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" what does Ellison say black face allows white America to do?

5. Who names Ellison?

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