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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. In the poem "The Ballad of the Rattlesnake," what color is the man's dyed hair?

2. What is the man in "A Hamlet Rives Us" doing during the poem?

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

4. What type of animal is featured in "The Bard of Addis Ababa"?

5. What does the black man want in "Tempo Primo"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Tolson's opinion on tyrants as seen in the poem "A Long Head to a Round Head"?

3. How does "The Street Called Straight" become crooked?

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

5. What is the significance of the Curator in Harlem Gallery distinguishing the importance of the word "ex"?

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

7. How does the nickname African-China come about in the poem "African China"?

8. What is the purpose of the use of religion in "Rendezvous with America"?

9. What is the significance of separating "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia" into musical segments?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the poem, "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia," Tolson compares America to the narrator's mother, Liberia to his wife, and Africa to his brother. What does Tolson mean by this comparison?

Essay Topic 2

How does Tolson address the theme of America as a melting pot? Choose two examples of how this idea appears in his poems, and explain whether he believes the concept of the melting pot to be true.

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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