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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Does Langston have any interest in poetry?
(a) None.
(b) A lot.
(c) Quite a bit.
(d) Little.

2. Why is this summer called the 'Red Summer?'
(a) Because the fear of Communism has spread like wildfire.
(b) Because many Chinese are moving to the country.
(c) Because of the violence against blacks that ensues in the post war environment.
(d) Because the summer has record high temperatures.

3. How does Mary make her living?
(a) By working as a professor at the University of Kansas.
(b) By waitressing in a small diner.
(c) By renting rooms to college students who went to the University of Kansas.
(d) By cooking, cleaning, and washing for rich white families.

4. When Langston has had enough of the ocean and asked for his pay, where does he travel?
(a) London.
(b) Los Angeles.
(c) Paris.
(d) Berlin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How are his first few months in this city?

2. Who takes Langston in?

3. In what community center does Langston become involved?

4. By whom is Langston greatly influenced?

5. Why does Langston purchase a new suit and coat and travel to McKeesport, Pennsylvania?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Langston end up meeting the editors of The Crisis?

2. What happens when Langston is fourteen?

3. What takes place during Langston's senior year?

4. How is Langston, again, affected by racism, on his train ride home from Mexico?

5. What does Langston do while at Lincoln?

6. In what literature is Langston interested at this time?

7. What does Langston do after dropping out of Columbia?

8. What happens to Langston when he goes to a cafeteria with a white friend?

9. Why does Langston move to Cleveland?

10. How is Langston affected by his father's attitude?

(see the answer keys)

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