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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which critics of "Black Boy" does Ellison want to respond to?
(a) Those who believe Wright is self-involved.
(b) Those who believe Wright is exaggerating the truth.
(c) Those who believe Wright is a communist.
(d) Those who see the book as a miracle and its author a mystery.

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

3. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?
(a) Broken jug, leaking and being wasted.
(b) Expensive jug, one to be carefully guarded.
(c) Transparent jug, stuck inside but able to see out.
(d) Small overcrowded jug.

4. What is Ellison's original career direction?
(a) Design buildings.
(b) Tend gardens.
(c) Heal the sick.
(d) Play the trumpet.

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

6. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"
(a) An angry young man's immoderate tale of delusion.
(b) Another failed attempt to pierce the great wall between races.
(c) The Negro answer to "Huckleberry Finn."
(d) A non-white intellectual's statement of his relationship with Western culture.

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

8. What are the three major section of the "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Right, Wrong, Ambivilent.
(b) White, Negro, Mixed Race.
(c) Heritage, Short Stories, Today and Tomorrow.
(d) Beginning, Middle, End.

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

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

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

12. Who is Henry Bowman Otto Davis?
(a) Little white boy known as Hoolie befriended by the young Ellison.
(b) Author of "Radios and Communication, a guide."
(c) Father of Ellison's grade school nemesis, Horatio Davis.
(d) Editor of the first magazine which published Ellison.

13. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(b) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.
(c) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(d) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?

2. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?

3. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?

4. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?

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

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