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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the "Shadow" which Hollywood produces?
(a) Flickering films about Negros.
(b) Back alley deals with racists.
(c) An illusionary view of the world.
(d) Dark tales of slavery and oppression.

2. What two types of music is Ellison torn between as a child?
(a) Negro folk and Western classical.
(b) Sacred and Profane.
(c) Be-bop and Big Band.
(d) Country Western and Soul.

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

4. What is Jimmy Rushing's instrument?
(a) Violin.
(b) Piano.
(c) Banjo.
(d) Voice.

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

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

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

8. What does Jones advise his audience to do?
(a) Approach his work, "Blues People" as a theoretical endeavor.
(b) Read his poetry outdoors.
(c) Eat plenty of vegetables.
(d) Protest against the Vietnam war.

9. 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.

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

11. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?
(a) Protestant.
(b) Cosmological.
(c) Ontological.
(d) Pentecostal.

12. How does Ellison define the "understanding of art?"
(a) Depending upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity.
(b) It is not to be understood, only felt.
(c) Limited to a very few elite patrons.
(d) Created by the whims of the culture at the time.

13. Who co-founds modern jazz with Parker?
(a) Louis Armstrong.
(b) Jimmy Rushing.
(c) Dizzy Gillespie.
(d) Pat Brown.

14. What does Ellison read in 1935 that moves and intrigues him?
(a) Voltaire's "Moliere."
(b) T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land."
(c) Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
(d) R. Wright's "Black Boy."

15. Where does Charlie Parker die?
(a) Crossing the Atlantic.
(b) Mental hospital.
(c) Hotel suite of a Baroness.
(d) Alley behind Minton's.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is Ellison interested primarily in injustice or art?

2. What falls on Ellison and his wife while they sleep?

3. How did Mrs. Jackson's nephew William die?

4. What is the fee for clients at the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?

5. What is Minton's Playhouse?

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