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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. In what school does Langston's mother enroll him?
2. How many parts of the African coast does Hughes see?
3. In what does Hughes become interested?
4. Where will he be joining these people?
5. During his senior year of high school, what happens to Langston?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Langston move to Cleveland?
2. What happened to Langston, one day during a revival at the church?
3. Describe Langston's father.
4. How do Langston and his father get into an argument?
5. How is Langston reunited with his father?
6. How does Langston get the opportunity to travel to Africa? What does he do, as he travels across the ocean?
7. How does Langston act on stage at church? What are the reactions of the congregation and his mother?
8. What happens to Langston when he goes to a cafeteria with a white friend?
9. How is Langston's father's mind changed, regarding his collegiate studies?
10. What jobs does Langston have while living with the Reeds?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hughes explores many different media.
Part 1) In what media does Hughes experiment? Why does he do this?
Part 2) How do these explorations affect his poetry? Why?
Part 3) How do these explorations affect Hughes' career as an artist? Why are these explorations significant?
Essay Topic 2
A theme found in much of Hughes' work is the optimism of humor.
Part 1) How is this a theme?
Part 2) How is humor optimistic? What does this reveal about Hughes?
Part 3) How might this theme draw readers to Hughes' work?
Essay Topic 3
Hughes throws his books over the edge of a ship.
Part 1) Why had a brought the books along? Why does he throw them overboard?
Part 2) What causes this decision? How does this action reflect his view of life and his work?
Part 3) What does this reveal about his beliefs about his trip to Africa?
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