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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who is Richard Wright to Ellison?
(a) Spiritual father who nurtured and guided Ellison's writing.
(b) Source of Ellison's inspiration and success.
(c) Hero and the mentor of all Ellison's work.
(d) Friend for whose magazine he wrote his first book review and short story.

3. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?
(a) The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Summer 1935.
(b) The Oklahoman Messenger, Winter 1919.
(c) The New York Times, Fall 1955.
(d) The Antioch Review, Summer 1945.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where is Richard Wright born?
(a) In the New York City Negro hospital
(b) On a Mississippi plantation.
(c) In a log cabin located in the heart of Nebraska.
(d) On a train as it traveled from Georgia to Maine.

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

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

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

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

14. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?
(a) Traveling abroad.
(b) Athletics.
(c) Living with a white family.
(d) Reading.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Huckleberry Finn recognize about the Negro character, Jim?

2. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"

3. As a child what is Wright unable to distinguish between?

4. Why do Crane and his wife move to England?

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

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