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 Mrs. Lydia Maria Child?

2. What is the basic spiritual outlook of the American Negro?

3. What does Ellison do to find some peace and quiet?

4. What song moves Jackson into the public eye?

5. What street is Minton's on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Jackson's early life like?

2. What does Ellison say about a Negro President?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where is "Minton's Playhouse" located?

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

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

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

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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