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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 believe writing is?
(a) Channeling of higher beings.
(b) A way to criticize others.
(c) Ethical instrument.
(d) Mindless activity.

2. What does Falkner understand about racial social code of the South?
(a) It will never change.
(b) It is fragile and illusionary.
(c) Here today, gone tomorrow.
(d) Destructive to both Negro and white parts of society.

3. Who is Henry Bowman Otto Davis?
(a) Father of Ellison's grade school nemesis, Horatio Davis.
(b) Editor of the first magazine which published Ellison.
(c) Author of "Radios and Communication, a guide."
(d) Little white boy known as Hoolie befriended by the young Ellison.

4. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?
(a) To climb great mountains.
(b) To walk the razor's edge of reason.
(c) The complexity of writing fiction.
(d) The power of the blues.

5. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?
(a) Enjoy, relax, or savor.
(b) Accept, repress or fight.
(c) Vote, campaign, or legislate.
(d) Embrace, celebrate, or be grateful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?

2. What Bible myth is referred to in "The World and the Jug?"

3. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?

4. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?

5. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ellison originally wanted to be a musician. What changed for him?

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

3. Why does Ellison say that the least form of segregation is the word?

4. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

5. Did Richard Wright influence Baldwin or Ellison?

6. What does Ellison find so remarkable about Crane?

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

8. When Ellison accepts the American National Book Award for "The Invisible Man" what does he say that the award is recognizing?

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

10. What is the common image of the Negro in contemporary literature according to Ellison?

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