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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who is Charlie Christian?
(a) Innovative drummer.
(b) Haunting blues trumpeter.
(c) Highest paid night club singer.
(d) Greatest jazz guitarist.
2. What is Ellison's reaction to the term "Negro culture?"
(a) Past and gone from sight.
(b) Highest type of culture.
(c) It is the world he longs to be in.
(d) The term is so vague as to be meaningless.
3. What is Mrs. Jackson cooking in "The Way It Is?"
(a) Hot dogs and tuna fish casserole.
(b) Peas, rice and pork chops.
(c) Venison and lima beans.
(d) Chili con carne.
4. What do people eat at Minton's?
(a) Hamburgers and hot dogs.
(b) Caviar, champagne and escargot.
(c) Fried chicken, hash, grits, biscuits and hot rolls.
(d) Peanuts and beer.
5. When is "The Birth of a Nation" released?
6. When does Jones place the beginnings of the blues?
(a) In ancient times throughout Africa.
(b) During the Civil Rights movement.
(c) World War II.
(d) At the Negro's conscious appearance on the American scene.
7. Is Ellison interested primarily in injustice or art?
(d) Both equally.
8. Why does "Invisible Man" take so long to complete?
(a) Not perfect enough.
(b) No ending.
(c) Too many versions of the book.
(d) The transitions the character goes through.
9. Where does Charlie Parker die?
(a) Crossing the Atlantic.
(b) Hotel suite of a Baroness.
(c) Mental hospital.
(d) Alley behind Minton's.
10. What is the significance of printing Negro with a capital N?
(a) Typographical error.
(b) Victory for Negro people's self-definition.
(c) Dismissive category.
(d) There is no significance.
11. What does Ellison believe Negro folklore does?
(a) Reveals the most intimate part of American history.
(b) Keeps Negros down.
(c) Tells lies about the past.
(d) Makes white people comfortable.
12. What do the blues capture?
(a) Religion of the Negro people.
(b) The time period in which they were written.
(c) Personality of the singer.
(d) Tragic and comic sense of the human condition.
13. What childhood memory does Ellison draw on to deal with his artistic nemesis?
(a) His father's death.
(b) Falling off a large statue.
(c) Being forced to kneel and pray at church.
(d) Learning to play the trumpet.
14. What race of people are allowed into Minton's?
(a) Negro people.
(b) Negro musicians and white customers.
(c) White people.
(d) Everybody is allowed in.
15. What kind of radio does Ellison have?
(a) Old Nelson AM with Riddle FM tuner.
(b) Plastic transistor radio.
(c) Wooden American Minder with glass tubes.
(d) Old Philco AM with Pilot FM tuner.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where is the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?
2. What kind of bird does Ellison say Parker is?
3. Where is the book review "Blues People" published and when?
4. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?
5. Who co-founds modern jazz with Parker?
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