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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 is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?
(a) Something to be ignored.
(b) Omniscient, omnipotent and as relentless as a Mississippi flood.
(c) Wise and loyal.
(d) A being from another planet.

2. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?
(a) 92.
(b) 102.
(c) 50.
(d) 29.

3. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
(a) His brother.
(b) His own experience.
(c) Manuscripts and letters.
(d) Intensive scholarly research.

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

5. What type of literature does Ellison believe Wright's novel "Black Boy" is?
(a) Sociological case history.
(b) Work of fiction.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Weapon against prejudice and injustice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?

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

3. Where does Ellison give the public address "Hidden Name and Complex Fate?"

4. How does Ellison start writing?

5. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

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

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

4. What does Ellison tell us about the matriarch, Mrs. Jackson, in "The Way It Is."

5. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."

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

7. What type of food is served at Minton's?

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

9. Why does the Carnegie Foundation bring in a European (Swedish) economist to conduct a study of Negro persons in America?

10. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?

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