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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. The "battle royal" where the black boys are made to fight each other symbolizes
A. the backwardness of southern blacks as compared with northern blacks
_____ 2. The narrator gets his identity in the first quarter of the novel by following the model of
A. the Founder and Dr. Bledsoe
_____ 3. The letters of recommendation that Dr. Bledsoe gives to the narrator really say
A. "Keep This Nigger-Boy Running"
_____ 4. The narrator's experience at Liberty Paints suggests that
A. whites use blacks to enhance their own superiority
_____ 5. The Brotherhood represents
A. white "do-gooders"
_____ 6. The turning point at the center of the novel is the narrator's
A. witnessing of an eviction of two old people
_____ 7. Brother Jack's character is symbolized by his
_____ 8. Ras the Exhorter's ultimate goal is to
A. make blacks and whites equal
_____ 9. The death of Tod Clifton is
A. totally the fault of white society
_____ 10. The narrator ends up in a deserted coal cellar where he
A. plans to work to alleviate racism
11. Explore the theme of "invisibility" in Invisible Man.
12. Write an essay on the symbolic use of names in the novel.
13. What view of white people emerges from a reading of Invisible Man?
14. Would you view Invisible Man as a "black" novel or a "universal" novel? Give evidence from the novel to support your opinion.
15. Analyze the role of black folk materials (jazz, Negro spirituals, folktales, dialect humor, etc.) in Invisible Man.