Langston Hughes Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why are Hughes and the crew sent to Odessa?

2. What happens to the musical revue for which Langston works as a song lyricist?

3. Who does Langston meet in Ashkhabad?

4. What does Hughes do before leaving for Paris?

5. What does Hughes purchase?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jesse B. Simple?

2. What happens after Langston returns to New York City?

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

4. What does Langston do with the money he earns from the movie?

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

6. What does Langston do with a four hundred dollar prize for "Not Without Laughter?"

7. Why does Langston write the poem "Tomorrow's Seed."

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

9. What happens to the movie for which Hughes had been asked to become a writer?

10. What does Langston do after his first year at Lincoln?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hughes says he begins writing poetry because "he could not help himself."

Part 1) Why does he not have this attitude early on in life?

Part 2) What causes this change?

Part 3) How does this type of attitude lead him through his life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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