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. How do Langston's plays become more socially relevant?

2. Where does Noel Sullivan, an old friend of Hughes', put him up?

3. What has happened to Barcelona, right before Langston arrives?

4. While in Baton Rouge, what does Langston visit?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is significant about Jesse B. Simple?

5. What poetry does Hughes write during this summer?

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

7. What difficulties exist for Langston after graduation?

8. Who is Jesse B. Simple?

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

10. How is Langston able to tour the American South for the entirety of the summer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary McLeod Bethune helps Langston Hughes.

Part 1) Who is Mary McLeod Bethune? How does Langston know her?

Part 2) How does she influence Langston's life?

Part 3) How have those people with whom Langston has come into contact influence his life and work?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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