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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. Where will he be joining these people?

2. Of what is Langston an active member?

3. What happens during a revival?

4. What does Auntie Reed insist that Langston do?

5. What is Hughes pleased to find about Africa?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Langston feel about attending church with the Reeds?

2. Why does Langston travel to McKeesport, Pennsylvania?

3. How does Langston get the opportunity to travel to Africa? What does he do, as he travels across the ocean?

4. What does Langston say about soul?

5. What is significant about "Don't You Want to Be Free?"

6. How does Langston act on stage at church? What are the reactions of the congregation and his mother?

7. How is Langston treated in Africa?

8. What difficulties exist for Langston after graduation?

9. What happens when Langston returns to New York?

10. What does Langston do while in Carmel, California?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Langston is involved in anti-war campaigns.

Part 1) How is he involved in anti-war campaigns? Why is he involved in these campaigns?

Part 2) How does his early interest in social issues foreshadow this?

Part 3) How do his anti-war campaigns affect others? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Hughes' family life is unsettled.

Part 1) Describe his family life. Why is it so unsettled?

Part 2) How do his family dynamics affect him?

Part 3) How does the theme of a division between black and white play into this unsettled family?

Essay Topic 3

Hughes' father is interested in paying for him to go to college.

Part 1) What does his father want him to study? What does Langston want to study?

Part 2) Why does his father want him to go to college? How is this motive revealed in the book?

Part 3) How does his father's reason for sending Langston to college reinforce Langston's opinion of him?

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