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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. What does Ellison believe writing is?
(a) Ethical instrument.
(b) A way to criticize others.
(c) Mindless activity.
(d) Channeling of higher beings.

2. Who is the editor of "The Primer for White Folks?"
(a) Bucklin Moon.
(b) Anonymous.
(c) Richard Wright.
(d) Ralph Ellison.

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

4. What is the name of the college Ellison attended?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Rutgers.
(c) University of Oklahoma.
(d) Tuskegee.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?

2. According to Ellison what does the term "the grays" mean?

3. What are the three themes of "Shadow and Act" according to the Introduction?

4. Why does Ellison begin the speech by referring to Ernest Hemingway?

5. What is the relationship between Ellison and Stanley Hyman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

2. How does Ellison leave the rather bitter dialogue with Howe?

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

4. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

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

6. Who was it that suggested to Ellison that he review a book and write a short story?

7. What were some of the catastrophic events which occurred in Wright's life?

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

9. Did Richard Wright influence Baldwin or Ellison?

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

(see the answer keys)

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