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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 kind of bird does Ellison say Parker is?
(a) Silly Turkey.
(b) Sad Crow.
(c) Poor Robin.
(d) Haunting Vulture.

2. From what did Parker struggle to escape?
(a) Color-blindness.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Role of entertainer.
(d) Illiteracy.

3. What race of people are allowed into Minton's?
(a) Negro musicians and white customers.
(b) Everybody is allowed in.
(c) White people.
(d) Negro people.

4. What does the hero of "Invisible Man" do that is a common theme in Negro folklore?
(a) Writes his thoughts in song lyrics.
(b) Layers meaning under jokes and images of nature.
(c) Travels from the south and goes north to find freedom.
(d) Hides his true self from the world.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What church does Mahalia grow up in?

2. What magazine does Ellison write music reviews for?

3. What does the drunk of legend who lives on the corner like to yell?

4. What does Ellison do to find some peace and quiet?

5. Who painted the mural that is displayed above Minton's bandstand?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

2. What was Jackson's early life like?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Ellison disagree with Jones when he says "A slave cannot be a man"?

9. In the Paris Review (Spring 1955) Ellison was interviewed about his work as a writer. What does he say his first piece of professional writing was?

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

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