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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 establishment is to the right of Ellison?
(a) Police Academy with indoor shooting range.
(b) Restaurant with an enormous jute box.
(c) Brothel with large dance hall.
(d) Dog training school with night classes.

2. What does the chaos of noise cause in Ellison?
(a) Peace and Joy.
(b) Writer's block.
(c) Hearing loss.
(d) Mental Illness.

3. What does Ellison do to find some peace and quiet?
(a) Begins to meditate.
(b) Pads the walls with newspaper.
(c) Wears earplugs.
(d) Creates a sound system of his own.

4. What is the "Shadow" which Hollywood produces?
(a) An illusionary view of the world.
(b) Back alley deals with racists.
(c) Flickering films about Negros.
(d) Dark tales of slavery and oppression.

5. What two types of music is Ellison torn between as a child?
(a) Sacred and Profane.
(b) Country Western and Soul.
(c) Negro folk and Western classical.
(d) Be-bop and Big Band.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellison believe Negro folklore does?

2. What does the hero of "Invisible Man" do that is a common theme in Negro folklore?

3. What is the "Act" Ellison refers to in the title of both the essay and the book?

4. Who is Charlie Christian?

5. What do the blues capture?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellison believe Jackson's greatest gift is?

2. What does Ellison understand the term "Negro culture" to mean?

3. Who does the song "They picked poor robin clean" remind Ellison of?

4. Who is LeRoi Jones?

5. What does the mural above the bandstand at Minton's depict?

6. What was Jackson's early life like?

7. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

9. What does Ellison believe is the primary American theme in both life and literature?

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

(see the answer keys)

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