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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?



Essay Topics

"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?

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?

In "The Art of Fiction: An Interview" Ellison explores the relationship between art and protest. What does Ellison believe, for him, writing fiction is? Is social comment or protest part of his work at all? If so, how does he see his particular style of writing as contributing to positive social change?

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