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

2. What does Tolson hope for in the poem "A Song for Myself"?

3. What is the poem "Vesuvius" about?

4. Where did the one sharecropper travel in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?

5. What time period does "Lento Grave" discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Tolson believe the "new black man" embodies according to "Tempo Primo"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the characters in the Harlem Galleries. How does this character change from the beginning to the end of the collection? Do you believe Tolson allows the character to change if he or she does? Why does Tolson choose to allow the character to remain stagnant if he or she does? Choose one other character in the Harlem Galleries and explain their relationship with the initial character you chose.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes that reoccurs in Tolson's poetry is that of the hardworking every-man. Chose one poem where this theme is present and explain how Tolson presents it using imagery and symbolism.

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