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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. What is the fee for clients at the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic?

3. What is Jimmy Rushing's instrument?

4. Where is Ellison living in the essay "Living with Music?"

5. Why does "Invisible Man" take so long to complete?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two categories Jones places the blues in?

3. 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?

4. Who is LeRoi Jones?

5. Where is the Lefargue Psychiatric Clinic located?

6. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

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

9. What does Ellison believe is the primary American theme in both life and literature?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Brave Words for a Startling Occasion" is Ellison's acceptance speech when he received the American National Book award. Why was it, for Ellison, a startling occasion? What about his speech is brave? What is the overall theme of this speech?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the essay about Twentieth Century Fiction Ellison is sharply critical of Hemingway. What is it that Hemingway lacks which disappoints Ellison so much? Is his criticism solely of Hemingway or is Ellison critiquing a generation of writers? What changes in the twenty century after World War I? Why does the Negro character disappear? What is Ellison's final conclusion in reference to Hemingway and his technical brilliance?

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