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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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