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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. The narrator is expelled from the college because he
A. behaved improperly with a white man
_____ 2. Young Mr. Emerson reveals the contents of the letter to the narrator
A. because he feels guilty about what the white world is doing to blacks
_____ 3. The narrator's encounters on the street with Peter Wheatstraw and later the yam seller
A. suggest the importance of forgetting the past
_____ 4. Ellison's style in the novel
A. moves from realism to expressionism to surrealism
_____ 5. The character of the protagonist is such that he might be described as a
A. reliable narrator
_____ 6. The member of the Brotherhood most faithful to the narrator and his work in Harlem is
A. Brother Wrestrum
_____ 7. The Brotherhood is opposed to the narrator's emotional and personal style of speaking because
A. they are afraid the crowds will get out of control
_____ 8. The dancing Sambo dolls being sold by Tod Clifton
A. are symbols of American commercialism
_____ 9. The identity of Rinehart
A. gives the narrator the opportunity to make major reforms
_____ 10. The decision of the narrator to leave his cave at the end of the novel symbolizes
A. his failure to learn anything from his experiences
11. Explore the symbolic use of the colors "black" and "white" in the novel.
12. What view of American blacks emerges from the reading of Invisible Man?
13. Would you view Invisible Man as an optimistic or pessimistic statement about the human situation? Why?
14. Analyze the development of the narrator as a character. How does he change during the course of the novel?
15. Discuss the imagery of sight and blindness in Invisible Man.