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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Huckleberry Finn recognize about the Negro character, Jim?
(a) Jim can make him lots of money if Huck will return him to his owner.
(b) Jim is very ill and near death.
(c) Jim is not only a slave, but a human being.
(d) Jim knows the landscape and can take Huck anywhere.
2. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?
(a) Alienation and scorn.
(b) Bitterly opposed enemies.
(c) Comrades in arms.
(d) Antagonistic cooperation.
3. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) Be whoever they would and could be.
(b) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.
(c) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(d) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
4. What are the three major section of the "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Heritage, Short Stories, Today and Tomorrow.
(b) Right, Wrong, Ambivilent.
(c) Beginning, Middle, End.
(d) White, Negro, Mixed Race.
5. 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) White people, Black people, and Native Americans.
(d) Classical Dance, Country Music and Folk Art.
6. Who is Irving Howe?
(a) White liberal writer from New York City.
(b) Pseudonym for Richard Wright.
(c) Hispanic Indian man who met Ellison in a bar.
(d) Negro professor from Mississippi University.
7. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?
(a) Poverty stricken existence with little enjoyment.
(b) Very controlled and regimented experience.
(c) Romantic aspirations in the spirit of frontier adventurousness.
(d) Series of mind numbing and violent episodes.
8. What does the phrase "beating that boy" mean?
(a) Polite conversation between white and Negro persons about the "Negro problem".
(b) The insidious method of beating the life out of a Negro man by calling him "boy".
(c) The actions of white policemen upon finding Negros in the wrong part of town.
(d) A quick victory in chess.
9. What are Crane's parents like?
(a) Marxist sympathizers.
(b) French born intellectuals.
(c) Libertine alcoholics.
(d) Fundamentalist Christians.
10. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?
(a) West Indies.
11. What does Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?
(a) A white problem.
(b) A guilt problem charged with pain.
(d) An illusion where there is only chaos.
12. What does Ellison believe is the true "Negro experience?"
(a) A codified, suffocating existence which cannot be understood by others.
(b) There isn't one. Negro persons live diverse and varied lives.
(c) A life of unremitting suffering and pain.
(d) The opposite of the "white experience."
13. What does Crane die of and where?
(a) Tuberculosis, in the far Black Forest of Germany.
(b) Murder, on board a ship crossing the Atlantic.
(c) In a fierce battle on the plains of Alsace.
(d) The black plague of 1834, in London, England.
14. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?
(a) Ellison's father made a great deal of money in the railroad business.
(b) There is no Negro neighborhood in Oklahoma City.
(c) Ellison's family has always been well to do and had nice houses.
(d) His mother, a single parent, is a custodian in an apartment building there.
15. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?
(a) Too painful for him to speak about.
(b) It is a Negro audience and they already know his story.
(c) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.
(d) To avoid boring the audience.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Ellison start writing?
2. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?
3. Why do Crane and his wife move to England?
4. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?
5. What musician does Ellison see as the true "trickster" archetype?
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