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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the poem "Rendezvous With America," what is the population that arrives in America like?

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

3. What is the weather like in "The Mountain Climber"?

4. What do the people of Addis Ababa want to the bard to do?

5. How do the black men respond to the farmer in "Old Man Michael"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What message is Tolson trying to send with the blade in "The Damascus Bride"?

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

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

4. What might the volcano's eruption signify in the poem "Vesuvius"?

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

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

7. How does Babylon symbolize America in the poem "Babylon"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the word tapestries important in the poem "Tapestries of Time"?

Essay Topic 2

How does description play a role in an author's work? How does the author use description to draw the reader into the poem? What are some examples where the description does not work? Cite two poems and explain how the description helps or hinders the poet's message.

Essay Topic 3

What impact did Lincoln have on Tolson's life? Choose examples from Tolson's poems that suggest what relationship Tolson had with Lincoln. Why does Tolson hold Lincoln in such high esteem?

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