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. When does the first Simple story appear in the Chicago Defender?

2. Why does Hughes ask for a loan from Knopf, his publisher?

3. Who is the founder of Bethune-Cookman?

4. Why are his readings canceled?

5. After his first year at Lincoln, where does Hughes rent a room for the summer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Hughes travel to Spain?

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

5. Describe Langston's poetry-reading tour.

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

7. What does Aimie Semple McPherson say about Langston?

8. Who is Jesse B. Simple?

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

10. What poetry does Hughes write during this summer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Langston is involved in anti-war campaigns.

Part 1) How is he involved in anti-war campaigns? Why is he involved in these campaigns?

Part 2) How does his early interest in social issues foreshadow this?

Part 3) How do his anti-war campaigns affect others? Why?

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