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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Falkner understand about racial social code of the South?
(a) It will never change.
(b) It is fragile and illusionary.
(c) Here today, gone tomorrow.
(d) Destructive to both Negro and white parts of society.

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

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

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

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

6. What does Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?
(a) Non-existent.
(b) A white problem.
(c) An illusion where there is only chaos.
(d) A guilt problem charged with pain.

7. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?
(a) It is a Negro audience and they already know his story.
(b) To avoid boring the audience.
(c) Too painful for him to speak about.
(d) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.

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

9. What does Huckleberry Finn recognize about the Negro character, Jim?
(a) Jim knows the landscape and can take Huck anywhere.
(b) Jim can make him lots of money if Huck will return him to his owner.
(c) Jim is not only a slave, but a human being.
(d) Jim is very ill and near death.

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

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

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

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

14. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?
(a) Philosopher king who wrecked the castle.
(b) The keeper of Sophocles flame.
(c) Household god for many contemporary novelists.
(d) Pinnacle of the romantic poets of the 1950s.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?

2. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?

3. What does Ellison believe writing is?

4. What is Ellison's original choice of career?

5. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Mark Twain?

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