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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is all that a snail knows in "Snail"?
(a) The bottom of people's shoes.
(b) Shell and no shell.
(c) Weather and rose.
(d) Sunrise and sunset.

2. What color does the speaker in "Wake" tell his mourners to wear?
(a) Pink
(b) Black.
(c) White.
(d) Red.

3. What did the speaker's mother say when life hurt her in the poem "Spirituals"?
(a) "Bless her soul, I can't forgive."
(b) "Ain't no sinner like a mean sinner!"
(c) "Gonna ride in my chariot some day!"
(d) "Gonna get even, just you wait!"

4. What does the woman's pain tell her to do in "Strange Hurt"?
(a) "Walk through the fire / To better know the rain."
(b) "Bathe in the river / As those before you have done."
(c) "You'll find rain better / Than shelter from the rain."
(d) "Go outside / To understand your inner turmoil."

5. What race was Langston Hughes?
(a) African American.
(b) Latino.
(c) White.
(d) Asian.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of music are tambourines often used in?

2. What "mellows to a golden note" in "Trumpet Player"?

3. What did the speaker's lover in "Lover's Return" come home to do?

4. Who is the congregation crying out to in "Shout"?

5. Who is the song for in "Genius Child"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the speaker describe a dream in "Beale Street"?

2. Why do some African-Americans have a complicated relationship with Christianity, at least as is represented in "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes"?

3. What theme unites the poems in "Distance Nowhere"?

4. What kind of tour does Hughes take the reader on in "Sea and Land"?

5. What exactly is the Black Pierrot mentioned in the poem of the same name?

6. What kinds of objects are referenced in "Spirituals"?

7. Why is the speaker so surprised by his girlfriend's snoring in "Morning After"?

8. What are the Lincoln Prairies symbolic of in "One"?

9. What does the speaker of the poem "End" think about the passageway between states of existence?

10. What does the poem "Drum" portray Death's eventuality as?

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