Harlem Gallery Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Stokowski?

2. Where are the bones of the man and snake left behind in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

3. How many historic places does Tolson plan to rendezvous at?

4. Where do the hillmen think they should not build?

5. Who does Tolson compare the mountain climber's plight to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is hatred the downfall of white men in "The Blindness of Scorn"?

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

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

6. What is Tolson's final message to the reader in "Tempo di Marcia"?

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

8. What is the lesson that Tolson puts forth in "When Great Dogs Fight"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the setting effect the reader's experience of the poem? Does it matter that the poem is set in another country or time period? Describe the setting of the poem of you choice and explain how it effected your experience of the poem.

Essay Topic 2

What role does race play in Tolson's poems? Choose two poems and explain how Tolson demonstrates his opinions on race in these poems. The poems may present similar or conflicting views.

Essay Topic 3

What is metaphor? Define this term and cite three examples of where Tolson uses metaphor in his poetry. Explain how this metaphor lends to the overall message of the poem.

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