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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?
(a) Writers who abhor each other's work.
(b) Cousins who grew up together in Oklahoma.
(c) Friends and intellectual sparing partners.
(d) Professors competing over the same university job.
2. What musician does Ellison see as the true "trickster" archetype?
(a) Mahalia Jackson.
(b) Charlie Parker.
(c) Louis Armstrong.
(d) Jack Benny.
3. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?
(a) Poverty stricken existence with little enjoyment.
(b) Romantic aspirations in the spirit of frontier adventurousness.
(c) Series of mind numbing and violent episodes.
(d) Very controlled and regimented experience.
4. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.
(b) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(c) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(d) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
5. 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) The American history of inclusive entertainment makes it acceptable.
(c) The American history of slavery makes it a "ritual of exorcism."
(d) American black face is performed by Negro actors only.
6. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?
(a) Something to be ignored.
(b) A being from another planet.
(c) Wise and loyal.
(d) Omniscient, omnipotent and as relentless as a Mississippi flood.
7. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?
(a) Young unknown writers.
(b) Hispanic authors.
(c) Major, widely-read American authors.
(d) More Negro writers.
8. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?
(a) Jazz musician.
(b) Police officer.
(c) College professor.
9. What is the name of the college Ellison attended?
(a) University of Oklahoma.
10. What is Ellison's original career direction?
(a) Heal the sick.
(b) Play the trumpet.
(c) Tend gardens.
(d) Design buildings.
11. 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.
12. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?
(a) Ran for public office and refused to accept defeat.
(b) Refused to participate in school.
(c) Sought individual freedom in a "pre-individual" Negro culture.
(d) Was loud and demanding of others.
13. How old is Crane when he wrote his masterpiece "The Red Badge of Courage?"
14. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"
(a) The Negro answer to "Huckleberry Finn."
(b) Another failed attempt to pierce the great wall between races.
(c) A non-white intellectual's statement of his relationship with Western culture.
(d) An angry young man's immoderate tale of delusion.
15. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?
(a) Jug of beer in which they are drowning.
(b) Empty jug with no way out.
(c) Steel jug waiting for a black messiah to come and blow off the cork.
(d) Heavy jug that takes two men to lift it.
Short Answer Questions
1. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?
2. How does Ellison describe the writer Malraux?
3. What does Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?
4. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?
5. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?
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