Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Test | Mid-Book 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. Where is the speaker stuck between in "Border Line"?

2. What is the Indian merchantman doing in "Seascape"?

3. How does the speaker specifically describe the tulips in "Garden"?

4. In the poem "Feet o' Jesus," what does the author want to happen at Jesus's feet?

5. When does the musician finally stop playing in "The Weary Blues"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the musician singing about in "The Weary Blues"?

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

3. What is the unspoken implication about Monroe in "Monroe's Blues"?

4. What is the Harlem Renaissance known for?

5. What kind of feeling does "Dream Variations" help the "Afro-American Fragment" section conclude with?

6. Why does the speaker want people to wear red in "Wake"?

7. What does the use of the word "fragment" in a poem title imply?

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

9. What exactly is the "amen-corner" mentioned in the poem "Prayer-Meeting"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What message is Hughes trying to convey to the reader in "Genius Child" and what impact is Hughes creating (with the reader) to accompany his intended message? Additionally, list at least 2 literary devices Hughes uses in this poem to convey his meaning.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast 2 poems in "Magnolia Flowers" and at least 3 rhetorical devices each uses to address life in the American South.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least 3 ways a poem of your choosing might be different if Langston Hughes were writing today instead of during the Harlem Renaissance. Use specific examples from the poem(s) when discussing potential differences.

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