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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What Greek myth does Ellison refer to in "Brave Words?"
(a) Theseus and Antigone.
(b) Zeus and Poseidon.
(c) The birth of Athena.
(d) The Odyssey and Proteus.

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

6. What assumption does Ellison start with when writing about Negro persons?
(a) Only he, as a Negro writer, can find truth and beauty in their lives.
(b) Men with black skins are unquestionably human.
(c) They are his responsibility to explain.
(d) His task as a writer is to save them from the white world.

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

8. What does Crane die of and where?
(a) In a fierce battle on the plains of Alsace.
(b) Tuberculosis, in the far Black Forest of Germany.
(c) Murder, on board a ship crossing the Atlantic.
(d) The black plague of 1834, in London, England.

9. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?
(a) Jug of beer in which they are drowning.
(b) Empty jug with no way out.
(c) Steel jug waiting for a black messiah to come and blow off the cork.
(d) Heavy jug that takes two men to lift it.

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

11. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?
(a) Small overcrowded jug.
(b) Broken jug, leaking and being wasted.
(c) Expensive jug, one to be carefully guarded.
(d) Transparent jug, stuck inside but able to see out.

12. What does Ellison praise about "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Realistic and therefore does not contain much hope.
(b) The search for images of black and white fraternity.
(c) Short and to the point.
(d) Easy to read and young children will like it.

13. Why do Crane and his wife move to England?
(a) It was more exotic to Crane than New York.
(b) To escape rumors that she was an ex-madam.
(c) It was more civilized.
(d) He was wanted for several crimes.

14. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?
(a) Find a subject worthy of his time and effort.
(b) Reveal what he truly feels rather than serving up what Negroes are supposed to feel.
(c) Get someone to publish him because most of the publishers were white.
(d) Capture the Negro speech idiom and put it down on paper.

15. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?
(a) America.
(b) West Indies.
(c) Africa.
(d) Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is minstrel show black face?

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

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

4. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?

5. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?

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