Harlem Gallery Test | Final 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 narrator of "Tapestries of Time" want to prevail?

2. What animal is in "A Long Head to a Round Head"?

3. What war influences Tolson in "Tapestries of Time"?

4. What does time move on despite in "Tapestries of Time"?

5. What religion was celebrated in Timbuktu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tolson address tyranny in the poem "Tapestries of Time"?

2. What is the significance of the Harlem Gallery according to Tolson?

3. What role does the Curator play in the Harlem Gallery poems?

4. Explain your interpretation of the line "You are / Black Lazarus risen from the White Man's grave" from the poem "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia."

5. What is the significance of the word tapestries in the poem "Tapestries of Time"?

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

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

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

9. According to Tolson in the poem "The Idols of the Tribe," who is likely to worship false idols?

10. What might have been the reason Tolson elects to use the Greek alphabet to separate his poem Harlem Gallery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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

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