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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) His task as a writer is to save them from the white world.
(c) Men with black skins are unquestionably human.
(d) They are his responsibility to explain.

3. What does Ellison say good fiction is made of?
(a) Fun.
(b) What is real.
(c) Tricks of the trade.
(d) Eternal truth.

4. Who is Irving Howe?
(a) Negro professor from Mississippi University.
(b) Pseudonym for Richard Wright.
(c) Hispanic Indian man who met Ellison in a bar.
(d) White liberal writer from New York City.

5. Why does Ellison choose to analyze William Falkner?
(a) Falkner writes about Negro life with mixed motives but also with great success.
(b) Falkner is a close personal friend of Ellison.
(c) Falkner is a great artist and could not be left out of the discussion.
(d) Falkner is very critical of Ellison's novel.

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

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

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

9. 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 humor and light approach to storytelling.
(c) Twain's focus on American subjects.
(d) Twain's political and social construct.

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

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

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

13. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"
(a) Written only for a white audience.
(b) Criticizes his own writing.
(c) Assumes an absolute separation of the races.
(d) Uses the word "Boy" in its title.

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

15. Who is Mrs. L.C. McFarland?
(a) Woman who would become Ellison's second wife.
(b) History teacher in Ellison's grade school.
(c) Literary critic for the New York Post.
(d) Author of "Bound for Glory Someday".

Short Answer Questions

1. Who names Ellison?

2. Where is the essay "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?

3. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?

4. What does Huckleberry Finn recognize about the Negro character, Jim?

5. Where is Richard Wright born?

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