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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Ellison's original choice of career?
(a) Barber.
(b) Musician.
(c) Politician.
(d) Policeman.

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

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

4. Who names Ellison?
(a) His father.
(b) The midwife that delivered him.
(c) A passing stranger.
(d) His parish priest.

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

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

7. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Ernest Hemingway?
(a) Hemingway ignored the dramatic and symbolic possibilities a Negro character would present.
(b) Hemingway grew up in Oklahoma City also.
(c) Hemingway was not American.
(d) Hemingway sold more books than any other American author.

8. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?
(a) Professors competing over the same university job.
(b) Friends and intellectual sparing partners.
(c) Writers who abhor each other's work.
(d) Cousins who grew up together in Oklahoma.

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

10. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
(a) Intensive scholarly research.
(b) His brother.
(c) Manuscripts and letters.
(d) His own experience.

11. What does Ellison believe writing is?
(a) Mindless activity.
(b) Channeling of higher beings.
(c) Ethical instrument.
(d) A way to criticize others.

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

13. 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.

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

15. Who is Ellison named after?
(a) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(b) Ralph Winston Ellison.
(c) Ralph Kramden.
(d) Ralph Roosevelt Ellison.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?

2. What Bible myth is referred to in "The World and the Jug?"

3. Ellison says Hemingway sought technical perfection rather than what?

4. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?

5. What are Crane's parents like?

(see the answer keys)

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