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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?
(a) African ethnic mask making.
(b) The blues.
(c) Folk sculpture.
(d) Modern dance.

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

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

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

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

6. That Ellison's first novel might win a prestigious award makes him think what?
(a) He is chosen only because he is Negro.
(b) He is a brilliant writer.
(c) The committee has made a huge mistake.
(d) There is a crisis in the American novel.

7. For Ellison a primary difference between Twain and Hemingway is what?
(a) Hemingway writes about his own personal myth and Twain writes about the national myth.
(b) Twain was an abolitionist and Hemingway was a prohibitionists.
(c) Twain was creative and Hemingway factual.
(d) Twain was trained in writing and Hemingway was not.

8. What is the origin of the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke?"
(a) Treatise on the folk art of tying knots.
(b) Letter written by Ellison when he was living in Rome to an old friend.
(c) "Invisible Man."
(d) Short story about lynching.

9. What does Mark Twain do with the character of Jim that breaks through the black face minstrel tradition?
(a) Jim performs black face without the paint.
(b) Jim is stereotypical and boring.
(c) He's a complex, dignified and very human person.
(d) Jim's very serious and not at all fun.

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

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

12. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?
(a) Vote, campaign, or legislate.
(b) Enjoy, relax, or savor.
(c) Accept, repress or fight.
(d) Embrace, celebrate, or be grateful.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?

2. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?

3. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"

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

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

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