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 in "Beta" claim you can explore art with?

2. According to "Omicron," what is the school of the artist?

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

4. In "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia," what is the gateway for black Americans to the eastern world?

5. In "Tapestries of Time," what do the common people not dream about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Doctor Nkomo feel that life and art are linked?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does description play a role in an author's work? How does the author use description to draw the reader into the poem? What are some examples where the description does not work? Cite two poems and explain how the description helps or hinders the poet's message.

Essay Topic 2

What role does race play in Tolson's poems? Choose two poems and explain how Tolson demonstrates his opinions on race in these poems. The poems may present similar or conflicting views.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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