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. Who is Mrs. Lydia Maria Child?

2. What is Charlie Parker's nickname?

3. Who painted the mural that is displayed above Minton's bandstand?

4. What childhood memory does Ellison draw on to deal with his artistic nemesis?

5. Who is LeRoi Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mahalia Jackson?

2. In the Paris Review (Spring 1955) Ellison was interviewed about his work as a writer. What does he say his first piece of professional writing was?

3. Who is Teddy Hill?

4. What are the two categories Jones places the blues in?

5. What was Jackson's early life like?

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

7. What does the "drunk of legend" who lives on the corner do?

8. What does Ellison understand the term "Negro culture" to mean?

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

10. What does the mural above the bandstand at Minton's depict?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke" Ellison challenges Stanley Hyman's assertion the "smart man playing dumb" role is primarily Negro. What does Ellison propose is the true case? What examples does he use to argue that this "joke" is much broader than Negro culture? How does this understanding fit with the larger theme in Ellison's work of the relationship between Negro culture and American culture?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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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