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Multiple Choice Questions

1. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Ralph Ellison.
(c) William Falkner.
(d) Mark Twain.

2. 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 focus on American subjects.
(d) Twain's understanding that technique is to be used in the service of truth.

3. What does Ellison believe is the true "Negro experience?"
(a) There isn't one. Negro persons live diverse and varied lives.
(b) A codified, suffocating existence which cannot be understood by others.
(c) A life of unremitting suffering and pain.
(d) The opposite of the "white experience."

4. In the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" what does Ellison say black face allows white America to do?
(a) Avoid looking at the shallowness of white American culture.
(b) Pour out its hatred and fear in a theatrical form.
(c) Laugh and forget about its troubles and woes.
(d) See the Negro story from a different perspective.

5. 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) To avoid boring the audience.
(c) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.
(d) Too painful for him to speak about.

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

7. What is the name of the college Ellison attended?
(a) Rutgers.
(b) Tuskegee.
(c) University of Oklahoma.
(d) Harvard.

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

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

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

11. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?
(a) Transparent jug, stuck inside but able to see out.
(b) Broken jug, leaking and being wasted.
(c) Expensive jug, one to be carefully guarded.
(d) Small overcrowded jug.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?

2. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?

3. What book does Hemingway believe all modern American fiction sprang from?

4. Who is Henry Bowman Otto Davis?

5. What are the three themes of "Shadow and Act" according to the Introduction?

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