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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's family live in a middle class white neighborhood in Oklahoma City?
(a) Ellison's family has always been well to do and had nice houses.
(b) His mother, a single parent, is a custodian in an apartment building there.
(c) Ellison's father made a great deal of money in the railroad business.
(d) There is no Negro neighborhood in Oklahoma City.

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

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

4. For Ellison who is the greatest artist the south has ever produced?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) William Falkner.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) Ralph Ellison.

5. Why does Ellison choose to analyze William Falkner?
(a) Falkner is a close personal friend of Ellison.
(b) Falkner writes about Negro life with mixed motives but also with great success.
(c) Falkner is a great artist and could not be left out of the discussion.
(d) Falkner is very critical of Ellison's novel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is minstrel show black face?

2. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?

3. What specific folk art form does "Black Boy" reflect?

4. How does Ellison describe the philosopher Kierkegaard in the "Stephen Crane.." essay?

5. What folk tradition does Ellison believe the black face figure grows out of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

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

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

6. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

7. What experience in Ellison's childhood gives him patience with his upstairs singing neighbor?

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

9. What is the film "Intruder in the Dust" about?

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

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