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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. In the poem "Fire," what does the author think fire is going to do?
(a) Burn his soul.
(b) Burn his crops.
(c) Burn his house down.
(d) Clean his sins away.

2. What annoying habit of his Baby does the speaker address in "Morning After"?
(a) Drooling.
(b) Snoring.
(c) Sneezing.
(d) Leaving dishes out all the time.

3. What kind of cadence is "The Weary Blues" written in?
(a) The cadence of a blues song.
(b) The cadence of a sermon.
(c) The cadence of rap music.
(d) The cadence of classical music.

4. What does the speaker claim people do on the sea in "Long Trip"?
(a) Swim and float.
(b) Flip and fly.
(c) Dip and dive.
(d) Sail and wail.

5. Who sends the speaker a letter in "Personal"?
(a) The devil.
(b) God.
(c) His wife.
(d) His mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Water-Front Streets," where does the speaker claim to carry "beauties"?

2. What does the title "Litany" refer to?

3. What does the woman's pain tell her to do in "Strange Hurt"?

4. When the speaker asks his lover if she understands him in "Maybe," what does she say?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker hope in the poem "Island"?

2. What do many of the poems in the "Afro-American Fragment" section of "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" have an undercurrent of?

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

4. Why does the preacher in "Sunday Morning Prophecy" want congregants to give freely into the collection basket?

5. What kind of imagery is most prevalent in the poems in the section "Sea and Land"?

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

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

8. Why is the "After Hours" section of "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" named what it is?

9. What is the poem "Fulfilment" about?

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

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