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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 read in 1935 that moves and intrigues him?
(a) R. Wright's "Black Boy."
(b) Voltaire's "Moliere."
(c) Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
(d) T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land."
2. How does Ellison define the "understanding of art?"
(a) It is not to be understood, only felt.
(b) Created by the whims of the culture at the time.
(c) Limited to a very few elite patrons.
(d) Depending upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity.
3. Culturally, what do American Negros represent?
(a) African tribal customs transplanted to American soil.
(b) Repression of natural human desire.
(c) Great amalgam of African, American Indian and European cultures.
(d) Future of American melting pot.
4. What does Ellison say slaves had in place of freedom?
(a) Early death, disease, drunkenness.
(b) Suffering, despair, darkness.
(c) Dementia, mental illness, emptiness.
(d) Blues, spirituals, jazz.
5. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?
Short Answer Questions
1. What kind of radio does Ellison have?
2. Who interviews Ellison in "The Art of Fiction?"
3. What do the blues capture?
4. What magazine does Ellison write music reviews for?
5. Who is Mrs. Lydia Maria Child?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ellison disagree with Jones when he says "A slave cannot be a man"?
2. When asked when he began "Invisible Man" what does Ellison answer?
3. What does Ellison believe Jackson's greatest gift is?
4. What type of food is served at Minton's?
5. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."
6. What is the film "Intruder in the Dust" about?
7. Who is Teddy Hill?
8. What does the "drunk of legend" who lives on the corner do?
9. What place does "Living with Music" describe?
10. What are the two categories Jones places the blues in?
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