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. Who is LeRoi Jones?

2. What year are the African slaves introduced into the American Colonies?

3. Who is Mrs. Lydia Maria Child?

4. What two types of music is Ellison torn between as a child?

5. What is the significance of printing Negro with a capital N?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mahalia Jackson?

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

3. Who is Teddy Hill?

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

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

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

7. Who is LeRoi Jones?

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

9. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Art of Fiction: An Interview" Ellison explores the relationship between art and protest. What does Ellison believe, for him, writing fiction is? Is social comment or protest part of his work at all? If so, how does he see his particular style of writing as contributing to positive social change?

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

In the film review "The Shadow and the Act" Ellison criticizes Hollywood's portrayal of Negro Americans as "Shadow," by which he means illusion. The act refers to reality, what truly is, which Hollywood shows little interest in revealing. Describe Ellison's theory and show how he uses the example of film to reveal what is for him an overall American habit of focusing on illusion rather than reality.

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