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 animal is mentioned in "A Legend of Versailles"?

2. What happens to the teacher at the end of "The Gallows"?

3. In "The Shift of Gears," what does the man fix?

4. Who meets at Versailles?

5. In "If You Should Lie to Me," who is the narrator speaking to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Tolson hope for himself in the poem "A Song for Myself"? What does he hope for the reader?

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

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

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

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

8. Why do the black men laugh at the farmer in "Old Man Michael"?

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

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is metaphor? Define this term and cite three examples of where Tolson uses metaphor in his poetry. Explain how this metaphor lends to the overall message of the poem.

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 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.

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