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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 fee for clients at the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?

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

3. What does the chaos of noise cause in Ellison?

4. When does Jones place the beginnings of the blues?

5. What does Ellison say slaves had in place of freedom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What experience in Ellison's childhood gives him patience with his upstairs singing neighbor?

Essay Topics

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

Who is Stephen Crane and why is Ellison so interested in him? What is it about Crane's style of writing that is important to Ellison's thinking about good writing? What does Crane do that makes him unique? Clearly Ellison holds Crane up as a great model for all novelists who follow. Is it Crane's technique, his ability to write in such specific ways, what impresses Ellison or is it Crane's willingness to look into the heart of the American culture and see what is there?

Essay Topic 3

Ellison poetically describes a lost and lovely world in "The Golden Age, Time Past." Minton's Playhouse is an amalgamation of home, community, the South, and the noisy excitement of New York City. What influence does Henry Minton have upon the jazz musicians he nurtures? What is the atmosphere like? How is creativity nourished?

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