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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. Who is listening to the stories Aunt Sue tells in "Aunt Sue's Stories"?

2. What is Hughes known as being the originator of?

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

4. What do the blues prevent the speaker from doing in "Miss Blues'es Child"?

5. What does the word "tom-toms" refer to in "Danse Africaine"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Harlem Renaissance known for?

3. Who is gathered up in the poem "Litany"?

4. What exactly is "jazz style" poetry?

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

6. What are the two characters quarreling about in "Early Evening Quarrel"?

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

8. What is the poem "Fulfilment" about?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze 3 ways a poem of your choosing from "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" reflects the themes and styles of the Harlem Renaissance.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role the blues plays in "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes," using at least 3 poems as evidence to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why Hughes decided to name the section of "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" that deals with the American South "Magnolia Flowers." Make sure to address the symbolism and imagery of a magnolia that Hughes taps into.

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