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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 does the geologist in "A Primer for Today" claim change occurs?

2. Who are the bad men in America according to the poem "Rendezvous With America"?

3. Who is Louis Brandeis?

4. How does the poet describe the people that flock to America in "Rendezvous With America"?

5. What does the Malay claim in "The Blindness of Scorn" put people on the attack?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

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

4. What is the danger of worshiping false idols according to Tolson?

5. What is Tolson's final message to the reader in "Tempo di Marcia"?

6. Why does Tolson suggest in "Epsilon" that a nod of approval is the worst thing for an artist?

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

8. What is the lesson that Tolson puts forth in "When Great Dogs Fight"?

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

10. Why does Tolson believe that despite the reign of tyrants justice will prevail?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Define the term foreshadow. How does Tolson use foreshadowing in his poems? Provide two examples of foreshadowing and the events they predict.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why is the word tapestries important in the poem "Tapestries of Time"?

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