Shadow and Act Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 James Reese Europe known for?

2. Jones contends "A slave cannot be a ______" (fill in word).

3. Who is Mrs. Lydia Maria Child?

4. What street is Minton's on?

5. Where does Charlie Christian come from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is LeRoi Jones?

2. What type of food is served at Minton's?

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

4. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

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

7. Who is Teddy Hill?

8. Where is the Lefargue Psychiatric Clinic located?

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

10. In the Paris Review (Spring 1955) Ellison was interviewed about his work as a writer. What does he say his first piece of professional writing was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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