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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. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?
(a) Hemingway is often misspelled and therefore hidden.
(b) Hemingway once called Ellison by the wrong name, Emerson.
(c) Hemingway is a writer Ellison strongly identifies with.
(d) The name Hemingway is a pseudonym.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
(b) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(c) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(d) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.

5. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?
(a) Bitterly opposed enemies.
(b) Comrades in arms.
(c) Alienation and scorn.
(d) Antagonistic cooperation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Stephen Crane?

2. How does Ellison describe the writer Malraux?

3. What writers does Ellison wish had been included in the "Primer for White Folks"?

4. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Ellison's basic quarrel with Hyman?

7. Where do Ellison and Hyman divide in their understanding of black face minstrel performance?

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

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

10. What is the "hidden name" Ellison is referring in the title of his speech to the Library of Congress in 1064?

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