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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. Who introduces Langston to the poetry of Carl Sandburg?

2. What courses does Hughes take?

3. One day when Langston and a white friend go to a cafeteria for lunch, how much does his friend's meal cost?

4. Who does Langston take with him when he meets the editors of The Crisis?

5. Where is Langston Hughes born?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Lincoln.

3. What does Langston do when he returns to Harlem?

4. Describe Langston's experience in Paris.

5. Describe Hughes' family history.

6. How is Langston's father's mind changed, regarding his collegiate studies?

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

8. What happens when Langston is fourteen?

9. What does Langston do upon returning to the United States?

10. What does Langston do when he travels to New Orleans?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Hughes travels to Spain.

Part 1) Why does he travel to Spain? How is this trip foreshadowed?

Part 2) What does this trip reveal about Hughes' character?

Part 3) How does Hughes' time in Spain affect him and those with whom he comes into contact? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Hughes is a sociologist.

Part 1) How do you know this?

Part 2) How does his curiosity about society get him into trouble? Why does it get him into trouble?

Part 3) How does he use this interest in sociology affect his poetry, as well as his popularity as an artist?

Essay Topic 3

Langston goes on a poetry-reading tour.

Part 1) Describe this tour. Why does he go on this tour?

Part 2) How does he affect those to which he speaks? Why?

Part 3) How is Hughes affected by the people to which he speaks and meets?

Part 4) How does racism continue to play a role in Hughes' life during this time?

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