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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. What does the mechanic in "The Shift of Gears" compare shifting too?
(a) Eating soup.
(b) Riding a horse.
(c) Sewing.
(d) Riding a bike.

2. What should separate the rose and the thorn in "The Unknown Soldier"?
(a) Love.
(b) Power.
(c) Justice.
(d) Liberty.

3. Who is "The Triumph Aster" dedicated to?
(a) Bok Choy.
(b) Madame Chiang.
(c) Wilfred Scott.
(d) W.E.B. Dubois.

4. In "The Shift of Gears," what does the man fix?
(a) His boat.
(b) His car.
(c) His motercycle.
(d) His bike.

5. Who is Louis Brandeis?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A boxer.
(c) A wrestler.
(d) A supreme court justice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Indian tribe tied up the man in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

2. Who are the bad men in America according to the poem "Rendezvous With America"?

3. In the poem "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake," what color is the man's dyed hair?

4. How does the poet describe the people that flock to America in "Rendezvous With America"?

5. How might one view America after reading "Rendezvous With America"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does no one listen to the hillman in the poem "Vesuvius"?

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

3. What does Tolson hope for himself in the poem "A Song for Myself"? What does he hope for the reader?

4. What is the significance of the the sign in "The Town of Fathers" that reads "The Blackest Land / And The Whitest People"?

5. How does "The Street Called Straight" become crooked?

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

7. How does the poem "The Mountain Climber" represent the struggle to acclimate to America?

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

9. 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?

10. Describe Tolson's vision of a poet in the "The Poet."

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