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

2. In the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" what does Ellison say black face allows white America to do?
(a) See the Negro story from a different perspective.
(b) Avoid looking at the shallowness of white American culture.
(c) Pour out its hatred and fear in a theatrical form.
(d) Laugh and forget about its troubles and woes.

3. Who is Richard Wright to Ellison?
(a) Source of Ellison's inspiration and success.
(b) Friend for whose magazine he wrote his first book review and short story.
(c) Hero and the mentor of all Ellison's work.
(d) Spiritual father who nurtured and guided Ellison's writing.

4. What is it that widens Ellison's world in a dramatic way?
(a) Living with a white family.
(b) Traveling abroad.
(c) Athletics.
(d) Reading.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?

2. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?

3. Where and when is the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" published?

4. How does Ellison describe his relationship with Howe?

5. Which critics of "Black Boy" does Ellison want to respond to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In "Richard Wright's blues" how does Ellison describe the blues?

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

5. What does Ellison critique about the authors included in the Primer?

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

7. What does the second half of the title "Hidden Names and Complex Fate" refer to?

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

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

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

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