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. What does the Malay wear in "The Blindness of Scorn"?

2. What does a teacher teach his students in "The Gallows"?

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

4. How might one view America after reading "Rendezvous With America"?

5. What does the poet of "Rendezvous With America" claim America will face?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. List two important, historical people that Tolson mentions in "Rendezvous with America." Why does he mention these people, and what did they contribute to America?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Tolson define bravery in the poem "The Big Game Hunter"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does the Civil War affect the message Tolson's poetry? Choose one poem and discuss how the effects of the Civil War are demonstrated in that poem.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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