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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Anonymous.
(b) Bucklin Moon.
(c) Ralph Ellison.
(d) Richard Wright.

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

3. Who is Stanley Edgar Hyman?
(a) The prominent Negro intellectual who wrote "Santa Claus is Black."
(b) Ellison's uncle who has a good sense of humor.
(c) A scholar who wrote on the relationship between Negro literature and folklore.
(d) A lyricist and comedian in the 1930's.

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

5. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?
(a) Hispanic authors.
(b) More Negro writers.
(c) Major, widely-read American authors.
(d) Young unknown writers.

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

7. Other white cultures have black face type entertainment, but what is different about American black face?
(a) American black face is performed by Negro actors only.
(b) American black face is always light and fun.
(c) The American history of slavery makes it a "ritual of exorcism."
(d) The American history of inclusive entertainment makes it acceptable.

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

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

10. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?
(a) The Antioch Review, Summer 1945.
(b) The New York Times, Fall 1955.
(c) The Oklahoman Messenger, Winter 1919.
(d) The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Summer 1935.

11. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?
(a) To capture the fluidity and diversity of America.
(b) To be released from expectations.
(c) To be the first Negro writer to write science-fiction.
(d) To bring in supernatural elements.

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

13. How does Ellison describe the writer Malraux?
(a) Polar opposite.
(b) French counterpart.
(c) Greatest nemesis.
(d) Literary ancestor.

14. What is the occasion of Ellison's speech "Brave Words on a Startling Occasion?"
(a) Address to the Harvard University graduating class of 1950.
(b) Acceptance of the American National Book Award in 1953.
(c) Induction into the American Negro Writer's Hall of Fame.
(d) Eldest son's wedding.

15. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?
(a) The name Hemingway is a pseudonym.
(b) Hemingway once called Ellison by the wrong name, Emerson.
(c) Hemingway is often misspelled and therefore hidden.
(d) Hemingway is a writer Ellison strongly identifies with.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?

2. Who is Stephen Crane?

3. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?

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

5. Who names Ellison?

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