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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. Who says Negro dock workers were the best singers of Irish songs?
(a) Lafcadio Hearn.
(b) Constance Rourke.
(c) Stanley Hyman.
(d) Paul Oliver.

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

3. Who lives on the left of Ellison?
(a) Large family with several sets of infant twins.
(b) Husband and wife who constantly bicker.
(c) Jazz drummer and trumpet player.
(d) Night shift worker who likes Count Bassie.

4. How does Ellison describe Mahalia Jackson?
(a) Jazz Diva.
(b) Uncle Tom.
(c) High Priestess.
(d) Female Louis Armstrong.

5. What do the blues capture?
(a) Personality of the singer.
(b) Religion of the Negro people.
(c) Tragic and comic sense of the human condition.
(d) The time period in which they were written.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Art of Fiction: An Interview" what does Ellison say at the very beginning?

2. Where is Minton's located?

3. Who is LeRoi Jones?

4. What does the chaos of noise cause in Ellison?

5. From what did Parker struggle to escape?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Mahalia Jackson?

3. What place does "Living with Music" describe?

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

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

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

7. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?

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

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

10. Where is "Minton's Playhouse" located?

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