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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 the first book Ellison ever reviews in a publication?

2. Where is the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?

3. In "The Art of Fiction: An Interview" what does Ellison say at the very beginning?

4. What is unique about "The Way It Is" compared to the other essays?

5. Why are slaves able to express themselves in art?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the early film "Birth of the Nation" portray Negro persons?

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

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

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

8. Who is Teddy Hill?

9. Where is "Minton's Playhouse" located?

10. What place does "Living with Music" describe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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