DISCUSSION: Ellison’s critics thought Ellison should have helped the communal political struggle, and they didn’t like that he used foreign influences.
- CORRECT. The goal of the political movement was to improve conditions for African-Americans. Ellison’s critics might have liked his novel better if it had improved social conditions for African-Americans.
- The critics wanted Ellison to help with present struggles: winning political battles and creating an African-American literary style.
- Same as B. The critics cared about contemporary struggles. They wanted Ellison to help with the present, not the past.
- Careful. The critics wanted African-American literature to be separate. It’s doubtful they cared whether American literature in general was distinct from European literature.
- The critics didn’t like the book. They probably would have been unhappy if it had many readers.
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