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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. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?
(a) It was never published.
(b) In the Harvard Review of Literature, 1950.
(c) In the Atlantic Monthly.
(d) As an introduction to "The Red Badge of Courage" 1960 printing.

2. What is the "Hidden Name" referred to in the title of Ellison's speech?
(a) Ellison's middle name, Waldo.
(b) The names given to Negro people by their slave owners.
(c) Ellison's father's name, George Washington Ellison.
(d) Ernest Hemingway.

3. Why does Oklahoma hold some freedom and equality for Negroes at the time Ellison lived there?
(a) It has no tradition of slavery.
(b) Oklahoma is founded on Mormon principles which forbade prejudice.
(c) There are almost no Negroes in Oklahoma.
(d) It is fully integrated and equality was legislated.

4. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?
(a) Find a subject worthy of his time and effort.
(b) Get someone to publish him because most of the publishers were white.
(c) Capture the Negro speech idiom and put it down on paper.
(d) Reveal what he truly feels rather than serving up what Negroes are supposed to feel.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Richard Wright born?

2. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?

3. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?

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

5. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the two greatest influences upon Crane's life, in Ellison's estimation?

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

4. Though "Black Boy" presents a brutal and violent world, what else does it manage to convey about the young Wright?

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

6. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

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

8. What were some of the catastrophic events which occurred in Wright's life?

9. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

10. How does Ellison leave the rather bitter dialogue with Howe?

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