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 war influences Tolson in "Tapestries of Time"?

2. How does the narrator of "The Idols of the Tribe" describe the black god?

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

4. Who is the poet laureate of Lenox Avenue in Harlem?

5. What should the viewer of art never doubt according to "Delta"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the different Gods Tolson describes in "The Idols of the Tribe."

2. What is Tolson's opinion of Abraham Lincoln in "Abraham Lincoln of Rock Springs Farm"?

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

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

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

6. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

7. 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."

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

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

10. What does the poem "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia" mean when it suggests that America is the narrator's mother and Liberia is his wife.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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