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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 "Richard Wright's Blues" published and when?
(a) The New York Times, Fall 1955.
(b) The Oklahoman Messenger, Winter 1919.
(c) The Antioch Review, Summer 1945.
(d) The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Summer 1935.

2. What are the three themes of "Shadow and Act" according to the Introduction?
(a) White people, Black people, and Native Americans.
(b) Literature, Jazz/Blues and the relationship between Negro America and American culture.
(c) Classical Dance, Country Music and Folk Art.
(d) Racism, Poverty and Obstruction of Justice.

3. Who is Irving Howe?
(a) White liberal writer from New York City.
(b) Negro professor from Mississippi University.
(c) Pseudonym for Richard Wright.
(d) Hispanic Indian man who met Ellison in a bar.

4. Why do Crane and his wife move to England?
(a) To escape rumors that she was an ex-madam.
(b) It was more exotic to Crane than New York.
(c) He was wanted for several crimes.
(d) It was more civilized.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the college Ellison attended?

2. What does Ellison believe writing is?

3. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?

4. What does Crane die of and where?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the second half of the title "Hidden Names and Complex Fate" refer to?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What writers are at issue in the exchange between Irving Howe and Ralph Ellison?

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