“Battle Royal” Quiz

A printable quiz/test for Ralph Ellison’s short story, “Battle Royal.”

This assessment is 20 questions.

  • 19 Multiple-Choice Questions
  • 1 Short Answer Question

Questions address reading comprehension and knowledge of select literary concepts (irony, symbolism, and style).

This resource is an ideal tool for facilitating discussion on both the details of the story and the larger themes and political concepts that Ellison articulates in “Battle Royal.”

Use it as a reading check that also pushes students to read carefully and analytically when given assigned reading. Or use it as a group activity in class to prepare students to talk about the story.

Quizzes like this often make great anchors for discussion because they identify and clarify points of confusion regarding plot and character while also addressing central ideas yet leaving them open for further examination and debate.

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