Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN Quiz

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

  1. What is the Brotherhood?

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Why is the narrator expelled from the college? 

  8. 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?

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

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