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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. Violence is inflicted upon Wright by family, friends, and society as a whole. What is his response?
(a) Seclusion.
(b) Violence.
(c) Passivity.
(d) Retreat.

2. Where does Ellison say civil wars are fought?
(a) "Within the individual human heart."
(b) "Between and betwixt fantasy and reality."
(c) "On the field of family ties."
(d) "In no man's land which cannot be grasped."

3. Why does Ellison choose to analyze Mark Twain?
(a) Twain was a slave owner and trader.
(b) Twain offers a unique historical perspective.
(c) Twain was married to a Negro woman.
(d) Twain was a humorist.

4. As a child what do Ellison and his boyhood friends believe they are to do?
(a) They were doomed to hard manual labor and suffering.
(b) Negros had no chance of doing anything interesting in life.
(c) Negros could never equal the lives of white Americans.
(d) Be whoever they would and could be.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children are in Stephen Crane's birth family?

2. Where is the essay "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction" published?

3. What does Ellison suggest as a subtitle for "Primer for White Folks?"

4. What is the "Hidden Name" referred to in the title of Ellison's speech?

5. What does Ellison say the greatest difficulty for the Negro writer is?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

8. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

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

10. Did Richard Wright influence Baldwin or Ellison?

(see the answer keys)

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