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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. From whom is his mother's grandfather supposedly descended?
(a) Frances Quarles.
(b) Francis Scott Key.
(c) Kole Black.
(d) Sterling A. Brown.

2. What does Langston's father approach him one day and say?
(a) He wants him to go to college and become a painter.
(b) He wants him to go to college and become a mining engineer.
(c) He wants him to go to college and become a writer.
(d) He wants him to go to college and become a doctor.

3. What does Langston do on the train ride to Mexico?
(a) He writes a letter to his mother.
(b) He writes one of his better-known poems, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
(c) He begins his autobiography.
(d) He thinks about his life.

4. Who takes Langston in?
(a) The Campbells.
(b) The DeVanes.
(c) The Reeds.
(d) The Smiths.

5. Who does Langston's grandmother take Langston to hear at the university?
(a) Mary McLeod Bethune.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) Booker T. Washington.
(d) Maya Angelou.

6. Who does Langston take with him when he meets the editors of The Crisis?
(a) His stepfather.
(b) His father.
(c) His stepbrother.
(d) His mother.

7. Why is Langston's summer in Toluca not a bad one?
(a) His father encourages him to write.
(b) He makes many friends.
(c) His father is rarely around.
(d) His father is around most of the time.

8. How much does Langston's meal cost him?
(a) Eight dollars and sixty-five cents.
(b) Two dollars.
(c) Five dollars.
(d) Forty-five cents.

9. How does Langston know this influential woman?
(a) She is his English teacher.
(b) She is his mother's employer.
(c) She sponsors the Garden Club to which Hughes belongs.
(d) She is his neighbor.

10. One day when Langston and a white friend go to a cafeteria for lunch, how much does his friend's meal cost?
(a) Two dollars.
(b) Eight dollars and sixty-five cents.
(c) Five dollars.
(d) Forty-five cents.

11. What does Langston think about the box of books he has brought for this journey?
(a) He decides they are a part of his past.
(b) They will be a part of his new life.
(c) They will help him in his journey in Africa.
(d) He is glad he brought them.

12. What do the children do one by one?
(a) They approach the altar.
(b) They read a passage from the Bible.
(c) They sing a solo.
(d) They thank their families and friends for their support.

13. Why is Lincoln known as the "black Princeton?"
(a) The courses are similar to those at Princeton.
(b) Many of the white faculty had gone to Princeton.
(c) Many of the black faculty had gone to Princeton.
(d) Many of the black students would later attend graduate school at Princeton.

14. Where does Langston enjoy watching Saturday football games?
(a) At the University of Kansas.
(b) At the Kansas State University.
(c) At his high school.
(d) On television.

15. Of what is Langston an active member?
(a) The Spanish Club.
(b) The debate team.
(c) Several teams and clubs.
(d) The basketball team.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Hughes' only friend in Africa?

2. Describe Hughes' family history.

3. Where is Langston Hughes born?

4. Why do the children do this?

5. What does Langston do that evening?

(see the answer keys)

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