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

2. What instrument does Henry Minton play?

3. Who is the author of the novel "Intruder in the Dust?"

4. What does the hero of "Invisible Man" do that is a common theme in Negro folklore?

5. What street is Minton's on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Teddy Hill?

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

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

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

5. What was Jackson's early life like?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Who is Mahalia Jackson?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In "Living with Music" Ellison literally finds himself overwhelmed by the group of people who live around him. His struggle to find his own peace within a larger and very noisy society is a metaphor for the way he sees the individual constantly struggling against the group in life. How does he find peace? What method does he use to carve out his space and literally "be heard?"

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