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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 is "The Big Sea" received by many critics?

2. Which of Hughes' works is published during this summer?

3. How does Hughes become involved with anti-war campaigns?

4. About what is Hughes to report?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Langston's poetry-reading tour.

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

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

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

8. What is significant about Jesse B. Simple?

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

10. Why does Hughes travel to Spain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Langston travels to Asia.

Part 1) How is he able to travel here? Why does he want to go to Asia?

Part 2) Describe his Asian travels. How is he affected by these travels?

Part 3) How do Langston's travels in Asia influence those with whom he meets? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Hughes throws his books over the edge of a ship.

Part 1) Why had a brought the books along? Why does he throw them overboard?

Part 2) What causes this decision? How does this action reflect his view of life and his work?

Part 3) What does this reveal about his beliefs about his trip to Africa?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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