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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the economist in "A Primer for Today" claim change occurs?
(a) Microeconomics.
(b) The stock market.
(c) Wealth and poverty.
(d) Foreclosure.

2. When does the town of fathers meet?
(a) September 8th.
(b) July 4th.
(c) June 4th.
(d) March 6th.

3. How does the poet describe the mongrel in "When Great Dogs Fight"?
(a) Weak.
(b) Loving.
(c) Mean.
(d) Strong.

4. What do the Indians in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake" do to the white man?
(a) Invite him to dinner.
(b) Share a peace pipe.
(c) Torture him.
(d) Shoot him.

5. What emotion does the narrator of "Babylon" express?
(a) Disgust.
(b) Fear.
(c) Pride.
(d) Joy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is "The Triumph Aster" dedicated to?

2. What is the poem "Vesuvius" about?

3. In the poem "Old House," whose ghost is not welcome?

4. Who is Crispus Attucks?

5. What is tied to the rattlesnakes tail in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What will bring death to the narrator in "If You Should Lie to Me"?

3. What does Tolson mean when he suggests there is truth in death in "A Song for Myself"?

4. 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?

5. What is the purpose of the use of religion in "Rendezvous with America"?

6. In "A Scholar Looks at an Oak," how is the black man represented?

7. What historical events does Tolson believe tested the powers of Americans in "Rendezvous with America"? What was the result of these events?

8. What does Tolson believe the "new black man" embodies according to "Tempo Primo"?

9. Why do the black men laugh at the farmer in "Old Man Michael"?

10. How do different people view the world in "A Primer for Today"?

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