Harlem Gallery Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the poet trying to prove in his poem "Rendezvous with America"? How does he prove this?

The poet tries to prove that America is a melting pot with great potential. He demonstrates this by listing several important people who are from diverse cultures.

2. List two important, historical people that Tolson mentions in "Rendezvous with America." Why does he mention these people, and what did they contribute to America?

Tolson lists several important American figures in his poem. He writes about Louis Brandeis, a Jewish US Supreme Court Justice. He also writes about La Guardia who was the visionary mayor of New York City. La Guardia was also Italian. These people demonstrate the idea of America as a melting pot.

3. Who are the bad people that Tolson mentions in his poem "Rendezvous with America," and why does he feel the need to mention them?

Some of the bad people Tolson mentions are the Klan and anti-Semites. By demonstrating the good and the bad in America he also highlights the freedom these people have to exist in America.

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