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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?
(a) Under pressure and panic he stuck to his guns.
(b) He wrote so many books.
(c) He was talented in so many artistic fields.
(d) He was the first great Negro author.

2. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?
(a) Hemingway is a writer Ellison strongly identifies with.
(b) Hemingway once called Ellison by the wrong name, Emerson.
(c) The name Hemingway is a pseudonym.
(d) Hemingway is often misspelled and therefore hidden.

3. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?
(a) Alienation and scorn.
(b) Comrades in arms.
(c) Antagonistic cooperation.
(d) Bitterly opposed enemies.

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

5. What book does Hemingway believe all modern American fiction sprang from?
(a) The Bible.
(b) Moby Dick.
(c) The Red Badge of Courage.
(d) Huckleberry Finn.

6. Other white cultures have black face type entertainment, but what is different about American black face?
(a) American black face is always light and fun.
(b) American black face is performed by Negro actors only.
(c) The American history of slavery makes it a "ritual of exorcism."
(d) The American history of inclusive entertainment makes it acceptable.

7. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?
(a) Get someone to publish him because most of the publishers were white.
(b) Reveal what he truly feels rather than serving up what Negroes are supposed to feel.
(c) Find a subject worthy of his time and effort.
(d) Capture the Negro speech idiom and put it down on paper.

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

9. What work of literature seizes Ellison's young mind early on?
(a) The Waste Land.
(b) The American Constitution.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Black like me.

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

11. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?
(a) A lyricist and comedian in the 1930's.
(b) The prominent Negro intellectual who wrote "Santa Claus is Black."
(c) Ellison's uncle who has a good sense of humor.
(d) A scholar who wrote on the relationship between Negro literature and folklore.

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

13. 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.

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

15. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?
(a) Too boring for what he wants to say.
(b) Focused on detectives and criminals.
(c) Full of physical violence, social cynicism and understatement.
(d) Primarily a white form of writing.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which critics of "Black Boy" does Ellison want to respond to?

3. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?

4. Who names Ellison?

5. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?

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