Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
"The World and the Jug" is an angry, often humorous response to the white, northern liberal writer Irving Howe's article about Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison. What is Ellison's primary anger towards Howe based in? What pattern does he believe Howe has fallen into that is so similar to the discriminatory patterns against Negroes in America in general? What does Ellison argue that Howe is continuing when it comes to understanding the relationship between Negro and white culture?
In the essay about Twentieth Century Fiction Ellison is sharply critical of Hemingway. What is it that Hemingway lacks which disappoints Ellison so much? Is his criticism solely of Hemingway or is Ellison critiquing a generation of writers? What changes in the twenty century after World War I? Why does the Negro character disappear? What is Ellison's final conclusion in reference to Hemingway and his technical brilliance?
"Richard Wright's Blues" explores the history of southern Negro culture. What was the atmosphere Wright grew up in? What would he have been afraid of? Where did the violence, especially the beating and punishment from Negro parents upon their children, come from? How did this environment affect the young Wright? If he had stayed in the south would he have bloomed into the writer and thinker that he did? What did Ellison think about the chances of that happening?
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