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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. Who is Stephen Crane?
(a) A novelist born just after the Civil War.
(b) Ellison's first English professor who wrote "Black like me."
(c) A 20th century novelist and author of "Here today, gone tomorrow."
(d) A English gentleman who has fast holdings of land, slaves and wealth.

2. Why does Ellison consider Stephen Crane a great artist?
(a) He wrote so many books.
(b) He was the first great Negro author.
(c) Under pressure and panic he stuck to his guns.
(d) He was talented in so many artistic fields.

3. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?
(a) To climb great mountains.
(b) The complexity of writing fiction.
(c) The power of the blues.
(d) To walk the razor's edge of reason.

4. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?
(a) Wise and loyal.
(b) A being from another planet.
(c) Something to be ignored.
(d) Omniscient, omnipotent and as relentless as a Mississippi flood.

5. What type of literature does Ellison believe Wright's novel "Black Boy" is?
(a) Weapon against prejudice and injustice.
(b) Sociological case history.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Work of fiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Ellison grow up?

2. For Ellison a primary difference between Twain and Hemingway is what?

3. Why does Ellison choose to write "Invisible Man" in a non-naturalistic way?

4. What assumption does Ellison start with when writing about Negro persons?

5. What does Crane die of and where?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

3. What is different about Oklahoma and the relationship of different races when compared to the South or even to Texas?

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

5. What type of music does the upstairs singer practice all day?

6. What place does "Living with Music" describe?

7. What, for Ellison, is the great shaping event of twentieth-century fiction?

8. What was Ellison's writing process for "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke?"

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

10. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?

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