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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 does the speaker claim he, too, would do if he were a Gypsy?
(a) Be psychic.
(b) Travel the world.
(c) Steal people's money.
(d) Wear beautiful, handmade clothes.

2. What question does the number runner ask Madam in "Madam and the Number Writer"?
(a) "You sure look nice / Serving that rice."
(b) "What would you say / To a date today?
(c) "But suppose / You goes to hell?"
(d) "Is that big frown / 'Cause your husband's around?"

3. Why doesn't the speaker in "Preference" like younger girls?
(a) Because they are too dependent on their parents.
(b) Because they cry too much.
(c) Because they always want something from him.
(d) Because they don't let him boss them around.

4. What is the name of the man in "Ballad of the Fortune Teller"?
(a) Dave.
(b) James.
(c) John.
(d) Samuel.

5. With what triumphant phrase does the speaker conclude "Still Here"?
(a) "I'm still here for as long as she'll have me!"
(b) "I'm still here!"
(c) "I'm still here / Though my mind is far behind."
(d) "I'm still here / Though you fell down along the way."

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker hope for her child in the poem "Lament over Love"?

2. What is Madam's full name?

3. Where is Miss Michaelmas in "Southern Mammy Sings"?

4. What does the little boy use as a toy in "Madam and the Charity Child"?

5. What does the speaker in "Cross" wish in regard to his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker in "High to Low" accuse the "low" African-Americans of doing?

2. How does the speaker compare his relationship with the South and the North in "The South"?

3. Which famous line of Langston Hughes is in "Harlem"?

4. What does the speaker in "Hard Daddy" want to be an eagle?

5. What are three sub-themes that appear in "Note on Commercial Theater"?

6. What is the commonality between all of the poems in "Lament Over Love"?

7. What is the common tone of the pieces in "Life Is Fine"?

8. What is the history of the word "mulatto," as evidenced in the poem of the same name?

9. What is the reader left to assume about how Madam makes money in the poems about her?

10. How are men portrayed in the poems in "Lament Over Love"?

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