Day 1

Invisible Man Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does the narrator feel about the college? What does he think its signfiicance is?

    The college seems, for the narrator, to be the pinnacle of both his own achievement and the achievement of Black people in the United States.

  2. 2

    Explain the first chapter. Why does Ellison include it? What does it reveal about the community in which the narrator lives?

    A smart Black student arrives at a banquet where he thinks he will be honored by White people, but instead he finds himself involved in horrible physical fights for the White townspeople's entertainment. After the fights, however, he is still asked to give his speech and receives a scholarship to the Black college....

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