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 author think will prevail in "Tapestries of Time"?

2. Whose criticism does not count in "Omicron"?

3. What is the white man's philosophy according to "Mu"?

4. What does the narrator see at the end of "Tapestries of Time"?

5. What does "E.&O.E." stand for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tolson believe tyrants remain in power?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Tolson use symbolism in the poem "The Gallows"? What is the meaning behind the symbolic element(s) in this poem?

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

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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