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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ellison reading when he begins writing "Invisible Man?"

2. When is "The Birth of a Nation" released?

3. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?

4. What does Ellison believe Negro folklore does?

5. What kind of bird does Ellison say Parker is?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "Some Questions and Some Answers" Ellison makes the provocative statement that there is no Negro culture. What does he mean by this? How does he support his argument? What history does he draw upon to reveal his thinking on this matter?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Ellison choose "The Shadow and the Act" as the title of the entire book? What is the theme which this film review contains that Ellison finds suitable to place the entire set of writings within? What framework does this title provide for the other essays, articles, speeches, interviews and stories?

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