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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 narrator in "A Hamlet Rives Us" fail to acknowledge?
(a) His daughter's marriage.
(b) His editor.
(c) His friend's grief.
(d) His mother's divorce.

2. What does a teacher teach his students in "The Gallows"?
(a) French.
(b) Math.
(c) English.
(d) Alchemy.

3. Where did the one sharecropper travel in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?
(a) East.
(b) West.
(c) South.
(d) North.

4. How does the geologist in "A Primer for Today" claim change occurs?
(a) The earth.
(b) The planets.
(c) The stars.
(d) The moon.

5. What does love equal in "If You Should Lie to Me"?
(a) Trust.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Hate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the poem "The Triumph Aster" hope for?

2. What does the poet of "Rendezvous With America" claim America will face?

3. What does Tolson say forgetting is akin to in "Andante Sostenuto"?

4. What does the poet discuss in "A Song for Myself"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the meaning of the bones of both the snake and the man are left in the dessert in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

2. How does the nickname African-China come about in the poem "African China"?

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

4. How does Tolson define bravery in the poem "The Big Game Hunter"?

5. Why does Tolson suggest in "Epsilon" that a nod of approval is the worst thing for an artist?

6. Why does the narrator in "An Ex-Judge at the Bar" feel guilty, and how does he appease this guilt?

7. How does Tolson remove black men from responsibility in "Larghetto"?

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

9. How does Tolson demonstrate that Crispus Attucks is a hero in "Allegro Moderato"?

10. What does the Curator think about Hideho Heights? Why does he feel this way?

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