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

2. How much older does the speaker like women in "Preference"?

3. Where does Madam dream of playing the numbers in "Madam and the Number Writer"?

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

5. How does Madam want her name printed in "Madam's Calling Cards"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why do some of the women in the "Lament Over Love" section claim to still participate in bad relationships with men?

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

9. What theme unites the poems in "Name in Uphill Letters"?

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

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

In "Widow Woman," Hughes writes from the perspective of a woman. Discuss at least 3 rhetorical devices he uses to come up with a voice that is his own and yet not his own in this particular poem.

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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