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

2. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(b) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.
(c) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
(d) Be whoever they would and could be.

3. What does Ellison believe is the true "Negro experience?"
(a) A life of unremitting suffering and pain.
(b) A codified, suffocating existence which cannot be understood by others.
(c) The opposite of the "white experience."
(d) There isn't one. Negro persons live diverse and varied lives.

4. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) How-to book for Bigots and Innocents.
(b) Method for finding Peace and Harmony among the Races.
(c) Short Course on the American Negro for Those Who "Beat That Boy".
(d) Comprehensive Study of the Unruly Seas of Race.

5. What is Ellison's original choice of career?
(a) Policeman.
(b) Musician.
(c) Politician.
(d) Barber.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Ellison describe his boyhood experience in Oklahoma?

3. Falkner writes exclusively of the southern experience yet Ellison believes him to be addressing what?

4. Who is Irving Howe?

5. As a child what is Wright unable to distinguish between?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

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

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

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

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

8. What is different about Oklahoma and the relationship of different races when compared to the South or even to Texas?

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

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

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