Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis


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In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, black nationalism is represented by which character?

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1. Why did Ellison not give the narrator a name in Invisible Man?

2. Which character rose to power by manipulating white people's understanding of him?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Invisible Man is an important part of American literature. Review your knowledge of the novel's characters and plot with this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During this assessment, you'll be asked to:

  • Select the character that represents Black nationalism
  • Understand the reason for the main character not having a name
  • Name the character that gained power by employing white people's understanding of him
  • Define what the battle royal is in Invisible Man
  • Identify the entity that recruits the narrator as a speaker

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Invisible Man
  • Making connections - understand why the author did not name the main character
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characters in Invisible Man, including the one who represents Black nationalism

Additional Learning

To learn more about Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, review the accompanying lesson, Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify and discuss the major theme of Invisible Man
  • Learn about Ralph Ellison's life
  • Read about other important characters
  • Discuss meaningful scenes in the book