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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 does Hughes ask for a loan from Knopf, his publisher?
2. What does Hughes do before leaving for Paris?
3. In how many books does Simple appear?
4. How does Fisk College reward Hughes for reading his poems at their college?
5. To whom is "Tomorrow's Seed" dedicated?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is significant about Jesse B. Simple?
2. What happens after Langston returns to New York City?
3. What does Langston do with a four hundred dollar prize for "Not Without Laughter?"
4. Why does Hughes' poetry get him into trouble?
5. What difficulties exist for Langston after graduation?
6. Why does Hughes travel to Spain?
7. What happens to the movie for which Hughes had been asked to become a writer?
8. What does Langston do, while he is in Chicago?
9. What does Langston do when he travels to New Orleans?
10. What is significant about "Don't You Want to Be Free?"
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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