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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 tied to the rattlesnakes tail in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

2. What should separate the rose and the thorn in "The Unknown Soldier"?

3. Who is "The Triumph Aster" dedicated to?

4. What color is the object the craftsman in "Damascus Bride" makes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What will bring death to the narrator in "If You Should Lie to Me"?

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

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

When considering Tolson's life, where do you believe he found the inspiration for his poems? What does this book cause you to think about the author's life? What do you believe inspired Tolson more, the present or past?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the interaction between The Curator and Hideho Heights. How do the men treat one another? What is the significance of their relationship?

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