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 colors does the curator mention in "Gamma"?

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

3. In "The Idols of the Tribe," what does the fool do?

4. What happens to people who worship false idols in "The Idols of the Tribe"?

5. Why will the narrator in "Beta" never be censored?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the poem "The Idols of the Tribe" open with a quote from Hitler?

3. What does the Curator think about Hideho Heights? Why does he feel this way?

4. How does the narrator define himself in "E.&O.E."?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When considering Tolson's life, where do you believe he found the inspiration for his poems? What does this book cause you to think about the author's life? What do you believe inspired Tolson more, the present or past?

Essay Topic 3

How does the setting effect the reader's experience of the poem? Does it matter that the poem is set in another country or time period? Describe the setting of the poem of you choice and explain how it effected your experience of the poem.

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