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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?
(a) 92.
(b) 102.
(c) 50.
(d) 29.

3. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
(a) His brother.
(b) His own experience.
(c) Manuscripts and letters.
(d) Intensive scholarly research.

4. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?
(a) The complexity of writing fiction.
(b) To climb great mountains.
(c) To walk the razor's edge of reason.
(d) The power of the blues.

5. What type of literature does Ellison believe Wright's novel "Black Boy" is?
(a) Sociological case history.
(b) Work of fiction.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Weapon against prejudice and injustice.

6. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?
(a) College professor.
(b) Police officer.
(c) Poet.
(d) Jazz musician.

7. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?
(a) Athletics.
(b) Living with a white family.
(c) Traveling abroad.
(d) Reading.

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

9. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.
(b) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
(c) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(d) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.

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

11. What does Wright do at age four?
(a) Plays the piano.
(b) Begins to read.
(c) Sets the house on fire.
(d) Makes a speech at church.

12. For Ellison a primary difference between Twain and Hemingway is what?
(a) Twain was an abolitionist and Hemingway was a prohibitionists.
(b) Twain was trained in writing and Hemingway was not.
(c) Twain was creative and Hemingway factual.
(d) Hemingway writes about his own personal myth and Twain writes about the national myth.

13. What work of literature seizes Ellison's young mind early on?
(a) The Waste Land.
(b) Black like me.
(c) The Bible.
(d) The American Constitution.

14. What musician does Ellison see as the true "trickster" archetype?
(a) Jack Benny.
(b) Louis Armstrong.
(c) Charlie Parker.
(d) Mahalia Jackson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?

2. Who is Irving Howe?

3. How does Ellison describe the writer Malraux?

4. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?

5. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"

(see the answer keys)

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