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Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

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1. What color is Brother Jack’s hair?

2. From what company does the narrator steal electricity?

3. What jazz recording does the narrator describe in the Prologue?

4. In Chapter 1, what do the white men give the narrator after his speech?

5. Of what sin is Jim Trueblood guilty?

6. Why is the narrator expelled from college?

7. What does the narrator learn about Homer Barbee at Barbee’s sermon?

8. What is Ellison’s attitude toward Booker T. Washington’s philosophy of race relations?

9. What sort of accent does Ras the Exhorter have?

10. Which of the following characters sells racially offensive dolls?

11. What is the best-selling color at Liberty Paints?

12. Which member of the Brotherhood offers the narrator a place in the organization?

13. Where does the narrator give his first speech for the Brotherhood?

14. Which woman allows the narrator to stay at her house her for free?

15. When the narrator smashes a racially offensive coin bank, where does he stash the pieces?

16. What hinders the narrator and the other boys from collecting the money off of the rug after the “battle royal”?

17. For whom do people mistake the narrator when he dons dark glasses?

18. Who kills Tod Clifton?

19. How many light bulbs does the narrator have burning in his underground room?

20. Who incites the riot in Harlem?

21. Where was Ralph Ellison born?

22. Which character has only one eye?

23. At the narrator’s college, what covers the statue of the Founder?

24. How does Dr. Bledsoe betray the narrator?

25. What food makes the narrator think of the South?

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssianian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liber... Read more

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssinian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liberia. B... Read more

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