Humanities › Literature 'Invisible Man' Questions for Study and Discussion Share Flipboard Email Print Tony Fischer/Flickr/CC 2.0 Literature Classic Literature Study Guides Authors & Texts Top Picks Lists Terms Best Sellers Plays & Drama Poetry Quotations Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Esther Lombardi Literature Expert M.A., English Literature, California State University - Sacramento B.A., English, California State University - Sacramento Esther Lombardi, M.A., is a journalist who has covered books and literature for over twenty years. our editorial process Esther Lombardi Updated March 17, 2017 Invisible Man is an important 20th-century novel by Ralph Ellison. What is the meaning of identity, and being invisible? What does the book have to say about society? About ideology? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to Invisible Man. Study Questions What is important about the title?What are the conflicts in Invisible Man? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) are in this novel?How does Ralph Ellison reveal character in Invisible Man?What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?What are some symbols in Invisible Man? How do they relate to the plot and characters?Is the narrator consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? Why do you think Ralph Ellison left the narrator unknown, absent and nameless (invisible)?Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet the characters?Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?Is the narrator a strong (or weak) character? How? Why?How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else? In any other time?What (if any) is the role of education in the novel?Why is Invisible Man controversial? Why has it been banned?How does Invisible Man relate to current society? Is the novel still relevant?Would you recommend this novel to a friend?