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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is unique about "The Way It Is" compared to the other essays?
(a) Has no humor.
(b) Written as a narrative story.
(c) Focuses on Negro persons.
(d) Recommends communism.
2. What do people eat at Minton's?
(a) Hamburgers and hot dogs.
(b) Peanuts and beer.
(c) Fried chicken, hash, grits, biscuits and hot rolls.
(d) Caviar, champagne and escargot.
3. Culturally, what do American Negros represent?
(a) Repression of natural human desire.
(b) Great amalgam of African, American Indian and European cultures.
(c) Future of American melting pot.
(d) African tribal customs transplanted to American soil.
4. Where is the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?
5. Who interviews Ellison in "The Art of Fiction?"
(a) Gertrude Whittall and T. S. Eliot.
(b) Donald Gibson and Bob Edwards.
(c) Alfred Chester & Vilma Howard.
(d) John Jacob & Nancy Kerry.
6. What does Charlie Christian play when he was a young child?
(a) Oil drum.
(b) Plastic trumpet.
(c) Cigar box banjo.
(d) Tin fiddle.
7. Where does Charlie Parker die?
(a) Alley behind Minton's.
(b) Mental hospital.
(c) Hotel suite of a Baroness.
(d) Crossing the Atlantic.
8. What is Jimmy Rushing's instrument?
9. What is the fee for clients at the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?
(a) One hundred dollars.
(b) One dollar.
(c) Twenty five cents.
(d) Twenty five dollars.
10. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?
11. Why are slaves able to express themselves in art?
(a) They came from African cultures where art was highly functional.
(b) Entertainment was enforced by white culture.
(c) Art was seen as harmless by slave owners.
(d) They were given artistic education by slave owners.
12. 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.
13. What do the three sections of "Invisible Man" represent?
(a) Purpose to passion to perception.
(b) Ancient to modern to future.
(c) Terror to understanding to acceptance.
(d) Darkness to dawn to full sun at noon.
14. What does Ellison read in 1935 that moves and intrigues him?
(a) R. Wright's "Black Boy."
(b) T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land."
(c) Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
(d) Voltaire's "Moliere."
15. Who says Negro dock workers were the best singers of Irish songs?
(a) Constance Rourke.
(b) Lafcadio Hearn.
(c) Stanley Hyman.
(d) Paul Oliver.
Short Answer Questions
1. What kind of radio does Ellison have?
2. Who are the two main characters in "Intruder in the Dust?"
3. Does Ellison have "Invisible Man" completely thought out prior to writing it?
4. Where is the book review "Blues People" published and when?
5. Who is the author of the novel "Intruder in the Dust?"
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