Shadow and Act Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does the drunk of legend who lives on the corner like to yell?

2. What song moves Jackson into the public eye?

3. What is Minton's Playhouse?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When asked when he began "Invisible Man" what does Ellison answer?

2. What does Ellison believe is the primary American theme in both life and literature?

3. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."

4. What is the film "Intruder in the Dust" about?

5. What does Ellison tell us about the matriarch, Mrs. Jackson, in "The Way It Is."

6. What type of music does the upstairs singer practice all day?

7. What was Jackson's early life like?

8. Who does the song "They picked poor robin clean" remind Ellison of?

9. What does Ellison believe Jackson's greatest gift is?

10. What experience in Ellison's childhood gives him patience with his upstairs singing neighbor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Ellison's childhood is joyful and full of many artistic influences. What in the interview "That Same Pain, That Same Pleasure" gives you the most insight into his childhood? What activities stir up in the young Ellison that romantic longing and belief that any kind of life is possible? How does music and dance affect his life? Who are his heroes? Why?

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