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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 do the blues capture?
(a) Personality of the singer.
(b) The time period in which they were written.
(c) Tragic and comic sense of the human condition.
(d) Religion of the Negro people.
2. What is Charlie Parker's nickname?
3. How does Ellison define the "understanding of art?"
(a) It is not to be understood, only felt.
(b) Depending upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity.
(c) Limited to a very few elite patrons.
(d) Created by the whims of the culture at the time.
4. What childhood memory does Ellison draw on to deal with his artistic nemesis?
(a) Falling off a large statue.
(b) His father's death.
(c) Learning to play the trumpet.
(d) Being forced to kneel and pray at church.
5. What is unique about "The Way It Is" compared to the other essays?
(a) Focuses on Negro persons.
(b) Recommends communism.
(c) Has no humor.
(d) Written as a narrative story.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ellison say slaves had in place of freedom?
2. Who painted the mural that is displayed above Minton's bandstand?
3. Who co-founds modern jazz with Parker?
4. What does Jones analyze "bop" as?
5. What is Ellison's reaction to the term "Negro culture?"
Short Essay Questions
1. What type of music does the upstairs singer practice all day?
2. What does Ellison understand the term "Negro culture" to mean?
3. What does the "drunk of legend" who lives on the corner do?
4. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?
5. What are the two categories Jones places the blues in?
6. Where is the Lefargue Psychiatric Clinic located?
7. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."
8. What does Ellison believe Jackson's greatest gift is?
9. What was Jackson's early life like?
10. Who is Mahalia Jackson?
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