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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 choose to analyze Mark Twain?
(a) Twain offers a unique historical perspective.
(b) Twain was a humorist.
(c) Twain was married to a Negro woman.
(d) Twain was a slave owner and trader.
2. How does Ellison start writing?
(a) Ellison is commissioned by the New York City Opera to write a libretto.
(b) Richard Wright asks him to review a novel for Wright's magazine.
(c) His mother asks him to write the story of her life.
(d) Ellison fails to get into the jazz band he wants so he writes about it.
3. What is Ellison's original choice of career?
4. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?
5. What does the phrase "beating that boy" mean?
(a) The actions of white policemen upon finding Negros in the wrong part of town.
(b) The insidious method of beating the life out of a Negro man by calling him "boy".
(c) Polite conversation between white and Negro persons about the "Negro problem".
(d) A quick victory in chess.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
2. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?
3. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?
4. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?
5. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?
Short Essay Questions
1. Though "Black Boy" presents a brutal and violent world, what else does it manage to convey about the young Wright?
2. What does Ellison find so remarkable about Crane?
3. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?
4. As a child Ellison imagined himself as a "Renaissance man." What does that mean?
5. What does the phrase "beating that boy" refer to?
6. What is different about Oklahoma and the relationship of different races when compared to the South or even to Texas?
7. In "Richard Wright's blues" how does Ellison describe the blues?
8. What does the second half of the title "Hidden Names and Complex Fate" refer to?
9. What is the "hidden name" Ellison is referring in the title of his speech to the Library of Congress in 1064?
10. Where do Ellison and Hyman divide in their understanding of black face minstrel performance?
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