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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. What is the town logo in "The Town of Fathers"?

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

3. What is the name of an historic place Tolson visits in "Rendezvous With America"?

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

5. What is the result in "Rendezvous With America," of the historic places the poet speaks of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is it important that Tolson does not identify the race of the person who tells the story in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

7. What is the purpose of the use of religion in "Rendezvous with America"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of a new black man. What is Tolson's definition of this term, and how does he present this idea in his poems. Choose two poems to defend your answer.

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

Choose two significant events Tolson mentions in "Rendezvous With America." What are these events and why does Tolson include them in this poem?

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