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 artist did the Curator teach Black Diamond about?

2. What does Liberia represent in "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia"?

3. In "Omicron," what does Dr. Nkomo insist rules the artist?

4. What tyrant does the narrator mention in "A Long Head to a Round Head"?

5. In "A Long Head to a Round Head," what is intriguing about the animals?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two significant events Tolson mentions in "Rendezvous With America." What are these events and why does Tolson include them in this poem?

Essay Topic 2

What impact did Lincoln have on Tolson's life? Choose examples from Tolson's poems that suggest what relationship Tolson had with Lincoln. Why does Tolson hold Lincoln in such high esteem?

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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