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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 Ellison's original career direction?
(a) Heal the sick.
(b) Play the trumpet.
(c) Design buildings.
(d) Tend gardens.

2. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?
(a) To avoid boring the audience.
(b) It is a Negro audience and they already know his story.
(c) Too painful for him to speak about.
(d) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.

3. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?
(a) Seclusion.
(b) Retreat.
(c) Passivity.
(d) Violence.

4. Where is Richard Wright born?
(a) On a Mississippi plantation.
(b) On a train as it traveled from Georgia to Maine.
(c) In the New York City Negro hospital
(d) In a log cabin located in the heart of Nebraska.

5. What work of literature seizes Ellison's young mind early on?
(a) The Bible.
(b) The Waste Land.
(c) The American Constitution.
(d) Black like me.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?

2. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"

3. What is Ellison's original choice of career?

4. What does Ellison believe is the true "Negro experience?"

5. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did a library for Negro persons emerge in Oklahoma City?

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

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

5. What does Ellison find so remarkable about Crane?

6. What does the Negro say when white America holds up twentieth century fiction and say "this is the American reality?"

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

8. What does Ellison compare Wright's personal journey of blooming to?

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

10. What does the phrase "The World and the Jug" refers to?

(see the answer keys)

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