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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?
(a) Too boring for what he wants to say.
(b) Focused on detectives and criminals.
(c) Full of physical violence, social cynicism and understatement.
(d) Primarily a white form of writing.

3. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?
(a) Inevitable rise and fall of every civilization.
(b) Northern Negro experience.
(c) Nature of man.
(d) Effect of war upon culture.

4. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?
(a) Series of mind numbing and violent episodes.
(b) Very controlled and regimented experience.
(c) Poverty stricken existence with little enjoyment.
(d) Romantic aspirations in the spirit of frontier adventurousness.

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

6. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?
(a) Writers who abhor each other's work.
(b) Cousins who grew up together in Oklahoma.
(c) Professors competing over the same university job.
(d) Friends and intellectual sparing partners.

7. 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.

8. What is minstrel show black face?
(a) Southern music and dance.
(b) Black actors acting in minstrel shows that are comic and touching.
(c) White performers painting their faces black and acting in a pseudo-Negro nonsensical way.
(d) Dark themed short skits and plays in vaudeville.

9. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?
(a) Folk sculpture.
(b) African ethnic mask making.
(c) Modern dance.
(d) The blues.

10. Who is Ellison named after?
(a) Ralph Roosevelt Ellison.
(b) Ralph Kramden.
(c) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(d) Ralph Winston Ellison.

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

12. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Ralph Ellison.
(b) Anonymous.
(c) Bucklin Moon.
(d) Richard Wright.

13. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?
(a) There are almost no Negroes in Oklahoma.
(b) It has no tradition of slavery.
(c) Oklahoma is founded on Mormon principles which forbade prejudice.
(d) It is fully integrated and equality was legislated.

14. Which critics of "Black Boy" does Ellison want to respond to?
(a) Those who believe Wright is exaggerating the truth.
(b) Those who believe Wright is self-involved.
(c) Those who believe Wright is a communist.
(d) Those who see the book as a miracle and its author a mystery.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What Greek myth does Ellison refer to in "Brave Words?"

3. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?

4. What does Wright do at age four?

5. As a child what is Wright unable to distinguish between?

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