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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 interviews Ellison in "The Art of Fiction?"
2. Where is the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?
3. What is the "Act" Ellison refers to in the title of both the essay and the book?
4. What is the first book Ellison ever reviews in a publication?
5. Who lives on the left of Ellison?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ellison disagree with Jones when he says "A slave cannot be a man"?
2. What does Ellison tell us about the matriarch, Mrs. Jackson, in "The Way It Is."
3. What does the mural above the bandstand at Minton's depict?
4. Who does the song "They picked poor robin clean" remind Ellison of?
5. What type of food is served at Minton's?
6. What was Jackson's early life like?
7. What captures the attention of many critics about "Blues People."
8. What is the film "Intruder in the Dust" about?
9. When asked when he began "Invisible Man" what does Ellison answer?
10. What are the two categories Jones places the blues in?
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
"Richard Wright's Blues" explores the history of southern Negro culture. What was the atmosphere Wright grew up in? What would he have been afraid of? Where did the violence, especially the beating and punishment from Negro parents upon their children, come from? How did this environment affect the young Wright? If he had stayed in the south would he have bloomed into the writer and thinker that he did? What did Ellison think about the chances of that happening?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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