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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 leads Langston and his father to get into an argument concerning Langston's future?
2. That spring, where is Langston invited to spend the summer?
3. Why is Langston's summer in Toluca not a bad one?
4. What is Hughes' job aboard the S.S. West Hesseltine?
5. What does Langston observe while working at a soda fountain?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Langston and his father get into an argument?
2. How does Langston feel about attending church with the Reeds?
3. What does Langston do while at Lincoln?
4. Why does Langston travel to McKeesport, Pennsylvania?
5. Why does Langston return to Mexico for the summer?
6. How is Langston treated in Africa?
7. How is Langston, again, affected by racism, on his train ride home from Mexico?
8. What happens when Langston's mother performs at church?
9. What happens when Langston returns to New York?
10. How does Langston become involved in school activities at Central High School?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
One of this text's themes regards the division between black and white.
Part 1)How is this theme revealed in Langston's family?
Part 2) How does this theme surface throughout the book?
Part 3) How is there irony in this theme when Langston travels to Africa?
Essay Topic 3
Hughes has an interest in social issues.
Part 1) In what social issues, specifically, is Hughes interested?
Part 2) How does this interest shape his work and career?
Part 3) How does his work in both the United States and abroad affect those nations?
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