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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 Ralph Ellison's father hope that Ralph will grow up to be?
(a) College professor.
(b) Police officer.
(c) Poet.
(d) Jazz musician.

2. Where and when is the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" published?
(a) New Yorker Magazine, Summer, 1959.
(b) Partisan Review, Spring 1958.
(c) Yale Literary Review, Winter, 1960.
(d) Life Magazine, Summer, 1958.

3. What is dangerous and different about Wright's attitude?
(a) Refused to participate in school.
(b) Sought individual freedom in a "pre-individual" Negro culture.
(c) Ran for public office and refused to accept defeat.
(d) Was loud and demanding of others.

4. Why does Ellison chose not to emphasize the details of racial hardship in his life?
(a) To avoid boring the audience.
(b) Too painful for him to speak about.
(c) It is a Negro audience and they already know his story.
(d) It is a white audience and he fears they will be uncomfortable.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who names Ellison?

2. In the essay "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" what does Ellison say black face allows white America to do?

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

4. Why does Ellison reject the "hard-boiled" novel style of writing?

5. What type of jug does Ellison say Howe imagines Negro people to be in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Did Richard Wright influence Baldwin or Ellison?

6. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?

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

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

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

10. What is the difference between the way Hyman and Ellison view "the darky" entertainer?

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