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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the Negro child taught to see the white man as?
2. How old is Stephen Crane when he dies?
3. Where might Crane have gotten information about the Civil War?
4. What does the phrase "to finger its jagged grain and to transcend it" refer to?
5. What type of literature does Ellison believe Wright's novel "Black Boy" is?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was the young Ellison drawn to reading?
2. What, for Ellison, is the great shaping event of twentieth-century fiction?
3. Though "Black Boy" presents a brutal and violent world, what else does it manage to convey about the young Wright?
4. What does Ellison tell us about the matriarch, Mrs. Jackson, in "The Way It Is."
5. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."
6. What does Ellison critique about the authors included in the Primer?
7. What type of food is served at Minton's?
8. What was Ellison's writing process for "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke?"
9. Why does the Carnegie Foundation bring in a European (Swedish) economist to conduct a study of Negro persons in America?
10. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?
Essay Topic 1
In "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" Ellison challenges Stanley Hyman's assertion the "smart man playing dumb" role is primarily Negro. What does Ellison propose is the true case? What examples does he use to argue that this "joke" is much broader than Negro culture? How does this understanding fit with the larger theme in Ellison's work of the relationship between Negro culture and American culture?
Essay Topic 2
The Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic is profiled with a sense of gratitude and anger. What is Ellison angry about and why? As much as he admires the clinic, why does he feel it should not be necessary? What is at the source of mental suffering for many persons in the Harlem community?
Essay Topic 3
The final essay in the book was never published. It is a book review of the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal who was brought in by the Carnegie Foundation to study the "Negro problem." What is Ellison's primary reaction to the book? What is positive in Myrdal's assessment? What does Ellison object to? Why do you think the review was never published?
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