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. Whose criticism does not count in "Omicron"?

2. What religion was celebrated in Timbuktu?

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

4. Who breaks her leg in "African China"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

3. What does Tolson believe is the greatest gift Africa has to give to its people according to "Libretto for the Republic of Liberia"?

4. In "Pi" it is written that art without limits can climb mountains. What is meant by this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Tolson address the theme of America as a melting pot? Choose two examples of how this idea appears in his poems, and explain whether he believes the concept of the melting pot to be true.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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