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. How much does the character's buddy earn a week in "Buddy"?

2. What does the speaker in "Cross" take back in regard to his father?

3. What does the speaker claim the wine-maiden's lips are as sweet as in "Midnight Dancer"?

4. What does the speaker in "Down and Out" want from her lover?

5. What does the speaker compare love to in "Lament over Love"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Madam prefer to handle her suitors?

3. What problem does the U.S. Census worker have with Madam in "Madam and the Census Man"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How do the poems in "Life Is Fine" treat life's trials and tribulations?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss 3 rhetorical devices Hughes uses to transform the historical person Billie Holiday to the literary person in the poem of the same name.

Essay Topic 2

"Ennui" is an incredibly short but very powerful poem. Analyze Hughes's choice in diction for the poem and why he chose the words he did in a poem of such brevity. (Make sure to also address the title as one of Hughes's word choices.)

Essay Topic 3

In a well-written essay, discuss 1) 3 reasons why it is important to know information about an author when analyzing a literary text and 2) one example for each reason of how knowing about Hughes helps the reader better understand a poem (or part of a poem) of your choosing.

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