Invisible Man Questions and Answers
In the novel Invisible Man, why does Dr. Bledsoe expel the narrator from college? What is the effect?
In Invisible Man, what is the narrator's perception of himself at the beginning of the novel compared to at the end? Using this idea to write a thesis. Describe how Ellison shows this change.
What are the narrator's dreams and goals, and how are these variously fulfilled throughout the book?
Why have white people lavished help upon Trueblood since his disgrace, when they ignored him before his crime?
Who is the Founder in Ellison's "Invisible Man"? I thought the Founder was Booker T. Washington, but now that I have read further the narrator distinguishes himself as preferring the ways of the Founder versus Booker T. Washington. Who is this Founder?
Why does young Mr. Emerson show Invisible Man the contents of the letters from Dr. Bledsoe? Why does Invisible Man distrust his offers of friendship?
In the epilogue of Invisible Man, why does the narrator say that "reality is as irresistible as a club"?
In the book Invisible Man, why do students and teachers at the college hate and fear Trueblood and the other black belt inhabitants?
In Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899), protagonist Edna Pontellier is said to possess "that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions." In Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, identify a character who conforms outwardly while questioning inwardly. Then write an essay in which you analyze how this tension between outward conformity inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work. Avoid merely the summary.
Why did the men who are giving the narrator a scholarship put him through such an ordeal at the club in Invisible Man?
What is important about the portrayal of women in Invisible Man? What was the role of women in the novel, how were they treated, why were they important?
The concept of "boomeranging" is often times mentioned in the Ralph Ellison's novel "Invisible Man." If boomeranging is the backfiring of one's words or actions, how does this motif relate to the book as a whole?
In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Mr. Norton calls the president of the college a "trustee of the college," however, the crazy vet/physician calls him a "trustee of the consciousness." What does he mean by that?
What does the word "Tod" mean in German? Why is this a symbolically appropriate name for Tod Clifton?
What made Mrs. Hall think that there were spirits in the room? What did she guess about the stranger?
Critically analyze Mr. Norton's visit to the home of Jim Trueblood in Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
In Invisible Man, chapter one, which was originally published before the rest of the novel as a short story called “Battle Royal,” can be seen as both a rite of passage and as an initiation. Why?
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