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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 does Ellison grow up?
(a) New Orleans.
(b) Dallas.
(c) Oklahoma City.
(d) New York City.

2. Where and when is "The World and The Jug" published?
(a) New York Times, 1965.
(b) Paris Review, 1966.
(c) Mississippian, 1967 and 1968.
(d) New Leader, 1963 and 1964.

3. What distresses Ellison most about the essay "Black Boys and Native Sons?"
(a) Assumes an absolute separation of the races.
(b) Criticizes his own writing.
(c) Written only for a white audience.
(d) Uses the word "Boy" in its title.

4. How does Ellison describe Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?"
(a) An angry young man's immoderate tale of delusion.
(b) Another failed attempt to pierce the great wall between races.
(c) The Negro answer to "Huckleberry Finn."
(d) A non-white intellectual's statement of his relationship with Western culture.

5. What are the three major section of the "Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Heritage, Short Stories, Today and Tomorrow.
(b) Right, Wrong, Ambivilent.
(c) Beginning, Middle, End.
(d) White, Negro, Mixed Race.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?

3. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?

4. What does Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?

5. Who is Ellison named after?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellison admire most about "The Primer for White Folks?"

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

3. Did Richard Wright influence Baldwin or Ellison?

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

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

6. What is the difference between the way Hyman and Ellison view "the darky" entertainer?

7. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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