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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?
(a) Twain's understanding that technique is to be used in the service of truth.
(b) Twain's focus on American subjects.
(c) Twain's political and social construct.
(d) Twain's humor and light approach to storytelling.

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

3. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.
(b) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(c) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
(d) Be whoever they would and could be.

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

5. How old is Crane when he wrote his masterpiece "The Red Badge of Courage?"
(a) 45.
(b) 16,
(c) 79.
(d) 21.

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

7. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?
(a) Violence.
(b) Passivity.
(c) Retreat.
(d) Seclusion.

8. Who is Richard Wright to Ellison?
(a) Hero and the mentor of all Ellison's work.
(b) Source of Ellison's inspiration and success.
(c) Friend for whose magazine he wrote his first book review and short story.
(d) Spiritual father who nurtured and guided Ellison's writing.

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

10. Where and when is "The World and The Jug" published?
(a) New Leader, 1963 and 1964.
(b) Mississippian, 1967 and 1968.
(c) Paris Review, 1966.
(d) New York Times, 1965.

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

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

13. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?
(a) Was loud and demanding of others.
(b) Refused to participate in school.
(c) Ran for public office and refused to accept defeat.
(d) Sought individual freedom in a "pre-individual" Negro culture.

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

15. Who is Stanley Hyman's favorite archetypal figure?
(a) Orphaned prince.
(b) King.
(c) Messiah.
(d) Trickster.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellison start writing?

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

3. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?

4. What does Crane die of and where?

5. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?

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