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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. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?
(a) The keeper of Sophocles flame.
(b) Household god for many contemporary novelists.
(c) Pinnacle of the romantic poets of the 1950s.
(d) Philosopher king who wrecked the castle.

2. 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.

3. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?
(a) Young unknown writers.
(b) Hispanic authors.
(c) Major, widely-read American authors.
(d) More Negro writers.

4. What three ways do Negroes in Wright's childhood survive?
(a) Vote, campaign, or legislate.
(b) Enjoy, relax, or savor.
(c) Embrace, celebrate, or be grateful.
(d) Accept, repress or fight.

5. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?
(a) To be released from expectations.
(b) To capture the fluidity and diversity of America.
(c) To be the first Negro writer to write science-fiction.
(d) To bring in supernatural elements.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Bible myth is referred to in "The World and the Jug?"

2. Who is Ellison named after?

3. What is the origin of the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke?"

4. What Greek myth does Ellison refer to in "Brave Words?"

5. What does Ellison praise about "Primer for White Folks?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As a child Ellison imagined himself as a "Renaissance man." What does that mean?

5. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

6. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

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

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

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

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

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