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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 remarkable about the psychiatric staff?
2. Who co-founds modern jazz with Parker?
3. What magazine does Ellison write music reviews for?
4. What Hotel is Minton's part of?
5. Where does Charlie Parker die?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where is "Minton's Playhouse" located?
2. Who is Teddy Hill?
3. Who is LeRoi Jones?
4. Who does the song "They picked poor robin clean" remind Ellison of?
5. What does Ellison tell us about the matriarch, Mrs. Jackson, in "The Way It Is."
6. What does the mural above the bandstand at Minton's depict?
7. What does Ellison believe is the primary American theme in both life and literature?
8. What was Jackson's early life like?
9. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."
10. What does Ellison understand the term "Negro culture" to mean?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Race relations in America have long been a central focus of our culture. In the introduction Ellison prepares the reader to enter this discussion with him. What kind of invitation does he present? What is the emotional tone and feeling of the introduction? What does Ellison reveal about his own perspective on race? Why is it one of the themes of this book of his writing?
Essay Topic 3
"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?
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