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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 is Ellison's reaction to the term "Negro culture?"

2. Who are the two primary managers of Minton's?

3. Who are the two main characters in "Intruder in the Dust?"

4. What is the fee for clients at the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?

5. What does Charlie Christian play when he was a young child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Jackson's early life like?

2. Where is the Lefargue Psychiatric Clinic located?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

9. What does Ellison say is the invisible man's discovery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Overall Ellison praises LeRoi Jones book "Blues People." However, there are elements of Jones' analysis of the blues which are not up to Ellison's high standards. What are the major criticisms he makes of Jones? How does he support his argument against the conclusions Jones comes to?

Essay Topic 3

In the essay about Twentieth Century Fiction Ellison is sharply critical of Hemingway. What is it that Hemingway lacks which disappoints Ellison so much? Is his criticism solely of Hemingway or is Ellison critiquing a generation of writers? What changes in the twenty century after World War I? Why does the Negro character disappear? What is Ellison's final conclusion in reference to Hemingway and his technical brilliance?

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