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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 Crispus Attucks?
2. What do the Indians in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake" do to the white man?
3. What does the historian want to know in "A Primer for Today"?
4. What is the poem "Vesuvius" about?
5. Where do the workers in "The Shipwright" feel they are citizens of?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "A Scholar Looks at an Oak," how is the black man represented?
2. What does Tolson hope for himself in the poem "A Song for Myself"? What does he hope for the reader?
3. 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?
4. Why do the black men laugh at the farmer in "Old Man Michael"?
5. Why does the narrator in "An Ex-Judge at the Bar" feel guilty, and how does he appease this guilt?
6. What is the meaning of the bones of both the snake and the man are left in the dessert in "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake"?
7. What is the poet trying to prove in his poem "Rendezvous with America"? How does he prove this?
8. What is Tolson's final message to the reader in "Tempo di Marcia"?
9. What message is Tolson trying to send with the blade in "The Damascus Bride"?
10. What historical events does Tolson believe tested the powers of Americans in "Rendezvous with America"? What was the result of these events?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
What impact did Lincoln have on Tolson's life? Choose examples from Tolson's poems that suggest what relationship Tolson had with Lincoln. Why does Tolson hold Lincoln in such high esteem?
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