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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 Louis Brandeis?

2. How does the poet describe the mongrel in "When Great Dogs Fight"?

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

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

5. What does the historian want to know in "A Primer for Today"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the Harlem Gallery according to Tolson?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the bard in "The Bard of Addis Ababa."

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

8. Describe the different Gods Tolson describes in "The Idols of the Tribe."

9. According to Tolson in the poem "The Idols of the Tribe," who is likely to worship false idols?

10. Why does the teacher die in "The Gallows"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What poem does the quote "The Blackest Land / And The Whitest People" come from? Explain the significance of this quote to the poem and how it explains the message of the poem.

Essay Topic 2

How does Tolson address the theme of America as a melting pot? Choose two examples of how this idea appears in his poems, and explain whether he believes the concept of the melting pot to be true.

Essay Topic 3

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

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