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

2. Who fought in Halicarnassus?

3. Who follows tyrants?

4. Where is Timbuktu?

5. What does the narrator of "Tapestries of Time" want to prevail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Define the term symbolism and explain the symbolism present in "The Mountain Climber."

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the characters in the Harlem Galleries. How does this character change from the beginning to the end of the collection? Do you believe Tolson allows the character to change if he or she does? Why does Tolson choose to allow the character to remain stagnant if he or she does? Choose one other character in the Harlem Galleries and explain their relationship with the initial character you chose.

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