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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?
(a) Twain's political and social construct.
(b) Twain's humor and light approach to storytelling.
(c) Twain's understanding that technique is to be used in the service of truth.
(d) Twain's focus on American subjects.

2. What assumption does Ellison start with when writing about Negro persons?
(a) Only he, as a Negro writer, can find truth and beauty in their lives.
(b) They are his responsibility to explain.
(c) Men with black skins are unquestionably human.
(d) His task as a writer is to save them from the white world.

3. What does Crane die of and where?
(a) Murder, on board a ship crossing the Atlantic.
(b) In a fierce battle on the plains of Alsace.
(c) Tuberculosis, in the far Black Forest of Germany.
(d) The black plague of 1834, in London, England.

4. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?
(a) Negro term for nightfall.
(b) Slang word for feeling bored.
(c) American melting pot.
(d) Negro term for white people.

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

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

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

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

9. Where does Ellison give the public address "Hidden Name and Complex Fate?"
(a) nternational Peace Conference in Geneva, New York.
(b) National Association of the Advancement of Colored People.
(c) Library of Congress in 1964.
(d) Rutgers University Convocation on Race and Entitlement.

10. 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.

11. What is Ellison's original choice of career?
(a) Policeman.
(b) Barber.
(c) Politician.
(d) Musician.

12. 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.

13. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Mark Twain?
(a) Twain offers a unique historical perspective.
(b) Twain was a humorist.
(c) Twain was a slave owner and trader.
(d) Twain was married to a Negro woman.

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

15. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?
(a) Retreat.
(b) Seclusion.
(c) Passivity.
(d) Violence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Stephen Crane?

2. Where is Richard Wright born?

3. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?

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

5. That Ellison's first novel might win a prestigious award makes him think what?

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