Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN Quiz

A quiz on the story, characters and themes in Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel, Invisible Man

  1. What character tells the narrator that, for black Americans, “our life is a war” and that he should “overcome ‘em with yeses, undermine em’ with grins, agree em’ to death and destruction” in his dealing with white Americans?

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  2. Which of the following is a central theme of Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man?

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  3. What is the Brotherhood?

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  4. In the novel’s first chapter, what kind of contest is the narrator involved in against other boys?

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  5. What character is killed by the police after leaving the Brotherhood?

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  6. What is special about Rinehart, the man the narrator is mistaken for late in the novel? 

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  7. When the narrator arrives in New York City, what is his first job?

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  8. Why is the narrator expelled from the college? 

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  9. Why does the narrator accept the offer of a job from the Brotherhood?

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  10. After giving a spontaneous speech at the event of an elderly couple’s eviction, how does the narrator escape capture when the police arrive? 

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