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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 Ellison say the "Negro problem" actually is?
(a) A white problem.
(b) Non-existent.
(c) A guilt problem charged with pain.
(d) An illusion where there is only chaos.

2. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
(a) Manuscripts and letters.
(b) His brother.
(c) His own experience.
(d) Intensive scholarly research.

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

4. That Ellison's first novel might win a prestigious award makes him think what?
(a) The committee has made a huge mistake.
(b) He is a brilliant writer.
(c) He is chosen only because he is Negro.
(d) There is a crisis in the American novel.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison praise about "Primer for White Folks?"

2. What type of jug does Ellison believe young Negro writers, such as himself, are in?

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

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

5. What is Ellison's original choice of career?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ellison find so remarkable about Crane?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Ellison choose to write about Faulkner?

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

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