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. What has this place become?

2. Where does Langston say he met a man named Simple?

3. What is significant about Jesse B. Simple?

4. Where does Langston tour for the entirety of the summer?

5. What is the name of the theater in Los Angeles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about Jesse B. Simple?

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

5. Describe Langston's poetry-reading tour.

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

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

8. Who is Jesse B. Simple?

9. Why does Hughes' poetry get him into trouble?

10. Where do Langston and his mother move? How is this beneficial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hughes is accepted into Columbia University.

Part 1) Describe his experience at Columbia.

Part 2) Why does he drop out? How does his experience at Columbia play a role in his decision to drop out?

Part 3) Is Langston's college experience worthwhile? Why or why not? What purpose does this time at Columbia serve?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Hughes does not want to climb the social ladder.

Part 1) Why does he not want to climb the social ladder?

Part 2) Is he trying to help others climb the social ladder? Why or why not?

Part 3) Has Hughes climbed the social ladder, even though it is something he does not want? Explain.

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