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?
In the four articles on musicians written for the Saturday Review, Ellison explores the development of each individual artist. What do Mahalia Jackson, Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing have in common? Why does Ellison choose both nationally famous and locally famous musicians to write about? How are the careers and styles of the four musicians different?
"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 film review "The Shadow and the Act" Ellison criticizes Hollywood's portrayal of Negro Americans as "Shadow," by which he means illusion. The act refers to reality, what truly is, which Hollywood shows little interest in revealing. Describe Ellison's theory and show how he uses the example of film to reveal what is for him an overall American habit of focusing on illusion rather than reality.
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