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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many fraternities did Hughes pledge for?
(a) None, he dropped out of college.
(b) None, he was not invited to pledge for any.
(c) Two, both black fraternities.
(d) One, his friend Craig's fraternity.

2. About what incident did Hughes write the poem "African Fog?"
(a) Black boatmen unloading cargo in the fog and singing their songs.
(b) Men singing while they loaded cattle onto the S.S.Malone.
(c) Black men singing as the captain rang evening bells.
(d) Oarsmen singing as the S.S. Malone took up anchor and left the port.

3. Who was Auntie Reed and Uncle Reed?
(a) The people Hughes met on his way to see his father.
(b) The people who lived next door to his grandmother.
(c) The people Hughes was sent to live with when he was twleve.
(d) The people Hughes met on the S.S. Malone.

4. Where did Hughes finally find a job?
(a) At a restaurant as a cook.
(b) At a library shelving books.
(c) At a hotel as a bellboy.
(d) At a little club as the doorman.

5. What happened to the S. S. Malone on its voyage home from Africa?
(a) It encountered smooth waters and had a pleasant trip home.
(b) It made so many stops that it ended up days behind schedule.
(c) It nearly ran aground at two or three points in the journey.
(d) It encountered a violent storm and left some passengers very ill.

6. How did Hughes think poems were like rainbows?
(a) They last in your memory.
(b) They are not everday events.
(c) They are things of beauty.
(d) They disappear quickly.

7. What neighborhood in Paris did Hughes walk through to look for a job and a place to live?
(a) The Left Bank.
(b) Downtown.
(c) Place de la Concorde.
(d) Montmartre.

8. What was in the third box Nagary showed to Hughes and Pey the evening they spent in Burutu?
(a) Ivory bracelets, tusks, and figures.
(b) Gold jewelry, diamonds, and ivory.
(c) Silks, satins, and dyed cottons.
(d) British and French notes and currency.

9. What did one sailor pass off as French francs in one small French colony African town?
(a) British pound notes.
(b) Danish Krona.
(c) United Cigar Store coupons.
(d) United Flour and Tea coupons.

10. Who was Rayford Logan?
(a) The man Hughes introduced to Sonya.
(b) The man Hughes met at Howard University who had published Hughes's work.
(c) The man Hughes used as a reference to get a job at the Sorbonne.
(d) The man Hughes met in Paris who helped Hughes find a job.

11. What did Hughes consider the "greatest Negro city in the world?"
(a) Manhattan.
(b) Miami.
(c) Kansas City.
(d) Harlem.

12. How many monkeys were on the S. S. Malone?
(a) Only one.
(b) About twenty.
(c) About fifteen.
(d) About thirty.

13. Why was the dormitory director at Columbia reluctant to give Hughes his room?
(a) Because they had not received his room reservation.
(b) Because they could not find his room reservation.
(c) Because they realized he was black, not Mexican.
(d) Because they had transferred him to another dormitory.

14. Why did Hughes have trouble writing about bullfights?
(a) He believed they must be seen and heard to be appreciated.
(b) He felt too sorry for the bulls who died.
(c) He had not seen enough bullfights to be able to write about them.
(d) He believed only Hemmingway was capable of writing about bullfights.

15. Who was Mrs. Dorsey?
(a) The woman who hired Hughes at the flower store.
(b) The woman who published Hughes' poetry.
(c) The woman who taught Hughes poetry.
(d) The woman who rented Hughes a room in her home in Harlem.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom did Hughes stay his first night in New York City?

2. How much was Hughes supposed to win by spending the night on the haunted ship?

3. How did Hughes obtain a sleeping car in San Antonio on his way to Cleveland?

4. What was the name of the dormitory at Columbia in which Hughes lived?

5. How did Hughes get the money for the pullman car from Washington to McKeesport?

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