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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ellison praise about "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Realistic and therefore does not contain much hope.
(b) The search for images of black and white fraternity.
(c) Easy to read and young children will like it.
(d) Short and to the point.

2. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?
(a) American melting pot.
(b) Negro term for white people.
(c) Slang word for feeling bored.
(d) Negro term for nightfall.

3. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
(b) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(c) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(d) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.

4. Hemingway carries on Twain's technical discoveries in writing but loses what?
(a) Twain's focus on American subjects.
(b) Twain's political and social construct.
(c) Twain's understanding that technique is to be used in the service of truth.
(d) Twain's humor and light approach to storytelling.

5. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Richard Wright.
(b) Anonymous.
(c) Ralph Ellison.
(d) Bucklin Moon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?

2. Where and when is the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" published?

3. Why does Ellison's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?

4. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"

5. Who is Stanley Hyman's favorite archetypal figure?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Ellison's writing process for "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke?"

2. What is the "hidden name" Ellison is referring in the title of his speech to the Library of Congress in 1064?

3. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane to be such a great artist?

4. What does the phrase "beating that boy" refer to?

5. Who was it that suggested to Ellison that he review a book and write a short story?

6. What does Ellison critique about the authors included in the Primer?

7. What, for Ellison, is the great shaping event of twentieth-century fiction?

8. What is the difference between the way Hyman and Ellison view "the darky" entertainer?

9. In "Richard Wright's blues" how does Ellison describe the blues?

10. As a child Ellison imagined himself as a "Renaissance man." What does that mean?

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