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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the phrase "beating that boy" mean?
(a) The insidious method of beating the life out of a Negro man by calling him "boy".
(b) The actions of white policemen upon finding Negros in the wrong part of town.
(c) A quick victory in chess.
(d) Polite conversation between white and Negro persons about the "Negro problem".

2. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) William Falkner.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) Ralph Ellison.

3. Who names Ellison?
(a) The midwife that delivered him.
(b) A passing stranger.
(c) His father.
(d) His parish priest.

4. Where does Ellison grow up?
(a) Oklahoma City.
(b) Dallas.
(c) New Orleans.
(d) New York City.

5. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?
(a) Bitterly opposed enemies.
(b) Alienation and scorn.
(c) Antagonistic cooperation.
(d) Comrades in arms.

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

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

8. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?
(a) As an introduction to "The Red Badge of Courage" 1960 printing.
(b) In the Atlantic Monthly.
(c) In the Harvard Review of Literature, 1950.
(d) It was never published.

9. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?
(a) "In no man's land which cannot be grasped."
(b) "On the field of family ties."
(c) "Between and betwixt fantasy and reality."
(d) "Within the individual human heart."

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

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

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

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

14. What does Falkner understand about racial social code of the South?
(a) It is fragile and illusionary.
(b) It will never change.
(c) Destructive to both Negro and white parts of society.
(d) Here today, gone tomorrow.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where and when is "The World and The Jug" published?

3. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?

4. What does Ellison believe writing is?

5. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?

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