Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Test | Final 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 Miss Gardner in "Southern Mammy Sings"?

2. What does the speaker in "Little Old Letter" claim pen and paper have the power to do?

3. How does the speaker first attempt suicide in "Life Is Fine"?

4. How much of his paycheck does the character's buddy have to give to his mother?

5. What does the speaker wish the rent were in "Little Lyric (Of Great Importance)"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Madam prefer to handle her suitors?

3. What major themes are present in the poems included in "Montage of a Dream Deferred"?

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

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

6. What is the speaker talking about in "Note on Commercial Theater"?

7. What do both "Still Here" and "Me and the Mule" celebrate?

8. What observation does the speaker make about the people riding the subway in "Subway Rush Hour"?

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

10. What historical figure might Madam Alberta K. Johnson be based upon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the preacher that appears in "Sunday Morning Prophecy." Is he a good preacher? Bad preacher? Are his efforts to encourage his congregants to give freely in the collection plate altruistic or greedy? Is he helpful or judgmental (or both) of his congregants and congregation?

Essay Topic 2

Select one poem from "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" and discuss 1) why Hughes gave it the title he did and 2) what Hughes wants to convey through the title of that poem.

Essay Topic 3

Find three examples of personification in "Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" and discuss how and why Hughes uses each in the manner that he does.

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