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

2. What does the white man tell the black man to forget in "Andante Sostenuto"?
(a) Money.
(b) Pain.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Family.

3. Who does the skull the mountain climber finds belong to?
(a) A sheep.
(b) A bear.
(c) A previous climber.
(d) A cow.

4. Who are the bad men in America according to the poem "Rendezvous With America"?
(a) Lawyers.
(b) Republicans and Democrats.
(c) Ku Klux Klan and anti-Semites.
(d) Politicians.

5. In "A Scholar Looks at an Oak," what happens to the tree's limbs?
(a) They stick straight up.
(b) They sag.
(c) They are chopped up for wood.
(d) They burn.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the bartender judge the narrator in "An Ex-Judge at the Bar"?

2. What did slaves do on slaves ships in "Lento Grave"?

3. How does the poet describe Michael in "Old Man Michael"?

4. What do the Indians in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake" do to the white man?

5. In "If You Should Lie to Me," who is the narrator speaking to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did Tolson decide to split "Dark Symphony" into titles that are musical movements?

6. How does the story of the sheep and the wolf in "The Dictionary of the Wolf" symbolize racism?

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

8. In "Dark Symphony," how does Tolson suggest black men formed a brotherhood?

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

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

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