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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the three themes of "Shadow and Act" according to the Introduction?
(a) Literature, Jazz/Blues and the relationship between Negro America and American culture.
(b) Racism, Poverty and Obstruction of Justice.
(c) Classical Dance, Country Music and Folk Art.
(d) White people, Black people, and Native Americans.

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

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

4. What Bible myth is referred to in "The World and the Jug?"
(a) Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
(b) Noah, Ham, Shem and Japheth.
(c) Baby Moses and the Pharaoh's daughter.
(d) Garden of Eden.

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

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

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

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

9. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
(b) Be whoever they would and could be.
(c) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(d) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.

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

11. Which American writers is the piece "Black Boys and Native Sons" about?
(a) William Faulkner, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Irving Howe, Ralph Ellison and Joe Frasier.
(c) Joe Henry, Jules Verne and Thomas Edison.
(d) Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin.

12. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?
(a) Fun.
(b) Tricks of the trade.
(c) Eternal truth.
(d) What is real.

13. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?
(a) Ellison's family has always been well to do and had nice houses.
(b) Ellison's father made a great deal of money in the railroad business.
(c) His mother, a single parent, is a custodian in an apartment building there.
(d) There is no Negro neighborhood in Oklahoma City.

14. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?
(a) It is fully integrated and equality was legislated.
(b) Oklahoma is founded on Mormon principles which forbade prejudice.
(c) It has no tradition of slavery.
(d) There are almost no Negroes in Oklahoma.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?

2. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?

3. Who is Henry Bowman Otto Davis?

4. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?

5. Other white cultures have black face type entertainment, but what is different about American black face?

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