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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ellison say slaves had in place of freedom?
(a) Blues, spirituals, jazz.
(b) Dementia, mental illness, emptiness.
(c) Early death, disease, drunkenness.
(d) Suffering, despair, darkness.

2. In "The Art of Fiction: An Interview" what does Ellison say at the very beginning?
(a) "Invisible Man" is not an autobiography.
(b) Did you hear the one about the three guys who go into a bar?
(c) All questions must be submitted on paper first.
(d) I don't have much time so hurry up.

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

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

5. What does Ellison do to find some peace and quiet?
(a) Begins to meditate.
(b) Pads the walls with newspaper.
(c) Wears earplugs.
(d) Creates a sound system of his own.

6. Is Ellison interested primarily in injustice or art?
(a) Both equally.
(b) Injustice.
(c) Art.
(d) Neither.

7. Who painted the mural that is displayed above Minton's bandstand?
(a) Charles Graham.
(b) Ralph Ellison.
(c) Paul Cezanne.
(d) Anonymous W.P.A. worker.

8. Where does Charlie Christian come from?
(a) Oklahoma City.
(b) Harlem.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) Topeka.

9. What is Ellison reading when he begins writing "Invisible Man?"
(a) "The Hero" by Lord Raglan.
(b) "The Problem of Leadership" by Rod Mitchell
(c) "Native Son" by Richard Wright.
(d) "The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.

10. Why are slaves able to express themselves in art?
(a) They came from African cultures where art was highly functional.
(b) They were given artistic education by slave owners.
(c) Entertainment was enforced by white culture.
(d) Art was seen as harmless by slave owners.

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

12. What Hotel is Minton's part of?
(a) Hotel Barbero.
(b) Hotel LaGrand.
(c) Hotel Plaza.
(d) Hotel Cecil.

13. What is the first book Ellison ever reviews in a publication?
(a) Richard Wright's "Amazing Grace."
(b) E. Waters Turpin's "These Low Grounds."
(c) James Baldwin's "Protest Novel."
(d) John Joseph's "Ain't no way out."

14. What does the hero of "Invisible Man" do that is a common theme in Negro folklore?
(a) Hides his true self from the world.
(b) Travels from the south and goes north to find freedom.
(c) Writes his thoughts in song lyrics.
(d) Layers meaning under jokes and images of nature.

15. Who is LeRoi Jones?
(a) Journalist, painter and fencing master.
(b) Trumpeter and composer.
(c) Drummer, restaurant owner and chef.
(d) Jazz critic, author, poet and editor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What childhood memory does Ellison draw on to deal with his artistic nemesis?

2. What instrument does Henry Minton play?

3. What is the final grade Jackson finished in school?

4. What does Charlie Christian play when he was a young child?

5. How does Ellison describe Mahalia Jackson?

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