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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Culturally, what do American Negros represent?
(a) Repression of natural human desire.
(b) African tribal customs transplanted to American soil.
(c) Great amalgam of African, American Indian and European cultures.
(d) Future of American melting pot.

2. In "Blues People" how are the blues categorized?
(a) Poetic or Sociological.
(b) Negro or White.
(c) Good or bad.
(d) Country or classic.

3. 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.

4. What is remarkable about the psychiatric staff?
(a) Have no experience.
(b) Receive no salary.
(c) Not licensed by the state.
(d) Have no psychiatric training.

5. What race of people are allowed into Minton's?
(a) Negro musicians and white customers.
(b) Everybody is allowed in.
(c) Negro people.
(d) White people.

6. What is the significance of printing Negro with a capital N?
(a) Victory for Negro people's self-definition.
(b) Dismissive category.
(c) Typographical error.
(d) There is no significance.

7. What childhood memory does Ellison draw on to deal with his artistic nemesis?
(a) Being forced to kneel and pray at church.
(b) Falling off a large statue.
(c) His father's death.
(d) Learning to play the trumpet.

8. Where is the book review "Blues People" published and when?
(a) Cleveland Times, 1974.
(b) Saturday Review, 1945.
(c) New York Review, 1964.
(d) Tukumpsee Reader, 1930.

9. Jones contends "A slave cannot be a ______" (fill in word).
(a) Man.
(b) Communist.
(c) Intellectual.
(d) Musician.

10. How did Mrs. Jackson's nephew William die?
(a) Drugs and alcohol.
(b) Submarine torpedoes sank the ship he was working on.
(c) Hit by enemy fire during a battle in France.
(d) Suicide.

11. What establishment is to the right of Ellison?
(a) Brothel with large dance hall.
(b) Dog training school with night classes.
(c) Police Academy with indoor shooting range.
(d) Restaurant with an enormous jute box.

12. What is the "Act" Ellison refers to in the title of both the essay and the book?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Cruelty.
(c) Violence.
(d) Reality.

13. Who lives on the left of Ellison?
(a) Night shift worker who likes Count Bassie.
(b) Large family with several sets of infant twins.
(c) Jazz drummer and trumpet player.
(d) Husband and wife who constantly bicker.

14. When is "The Birth of a Nation" released?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1960.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1915.

15. Where is Ellison living in the essay "Living with Music?"
(a) Vermont barn.
(b) Across from the Manhattan School of Music.
(c) Cabin on board ship.
(d) Tiny ground floor rear apartment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison believe Negro folklore does?

2. What does Ellison do to find some peace and quiet?

3. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?

4. What do all American Negros share?

5. What is Charlie Parker's nickname?

(see the answer keys)

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