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 Ruby Brown do for a living by the time the poem of her same name concludes?

2. What children's rhyme does the speaker mention in "Children's Rhymes"?

3. What is the little girl dreaming of in "To Be Somebody"?

4. What does the speaker wonder about his own death in "Cross"?

5. What is Madam's full name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the commonality between all of the poems in "Lament Over Love"?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the speaker in "Hard Daddy" want to be an eagle?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast 2 poems in the section "Lament Over Love," paying particular attention to their portrayal of men.

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

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