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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Short Course on the American Negro for Those Who "Beat That Boy".
(b) How-to book for Bigots and Innocents.
(c) Comprehensive Study of the Unruly Seas of Race.
(d) Method for finding Peace and Harmony among the Races.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are Crane's parents like?
(a) French born intellectuals.
(b) Fundamentalist Christians.
(c) Marxist sympathizers.
(d) Libertine alcoholics.

10. What is the "Hidden Name" referred to in the title of Ellison's speech?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) The names given to Negro people by their slave owners.
(c) Ellison's middle name, Waldo.
(d) Ellison's father's name, George Washington Ellison.

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

12. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?
(a) Nature of man.
(b) Northern Negro experience.
(c) Effect of war upon culture.
(d) Inevitable rise and fall of every civilization.

13. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"
(a) Uses the word "Boy" in its title.
(b) Assumes an absolute separation of the races.
(c) Criticizes his own writing.
(d) Written only for a white audience.

14. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?
(a) In the Atlantic Monthly.
(b) As an introduction to "The Red Badge of Courage" 1960 printing.
(c) In the Harvard Review of Literature, 1950.
(d) It was never published.

15. How many children are in Stephen Crane's birth family?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 20.
(d) 14.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?

2. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?

3. Where and when is "The World and The Jug" published?

4. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?

5. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?

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