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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Hughes refer to as the "years of Manhattan's black Renaissance"?
(a) The turn of the century.
(b) The 1930's.
(c) The 1920's.
(d) The early 1900's.

2. What was the name of the ship Hughes found in New Orleans traveling to Havana?
(a) The Nardo.
(b) The Cuban.
(c) The Havana.
(d) The Chiquita.

3. When did Wallace Thurman die?
(a) December, 1934.
(b) September, 1929.
(c) January, 1939.
(d) May, 1935.

4. Who was one person Dr. Locke arranged for Hughes to meet in Paris?
(a) Maria Callas.
(b) Charles de Gaulle.
(c) Paul Guillaume.
(d) Raymond Carver.

5. How did Dr. Alain Locke find Hughes in Paris?
(a) He found out from Sonya.
(b) He looked him up in the phone book.
(c) He got his address from the magazine Crisis.
(d) He spoke with Hughes' mother in New York.

6. Why did Hughes never go to the Cotton Club in Harlem?
(a) It was Jim Crow club for gangsters and rich whites.
(b) It was not open when he not working.
(c) He did not know big name musicians were playing there.
(d) The club closed in 1923.

7. What did Dr. Locke offer to do for Hughes while both men were in Italy?
(a) Teach him Italian.
(b) Introduce him to his sister.
(c) Take him to Venice.
(d) Publish his poems.

8. Why did Hughes decide to move from his apartment to an attic room up the hill?
(a) Because he decided to move to Italy.
(b) Because he finally made enough money to afford a better apartment.
(c) Because Bob, the drug addict, was frightening him.
(d) Because he missed Mary and needed to leave their apartment.

9. Who was singing "everybody loves my baby, but my baby don't love no one but me" at the NAACP fundraiser Hughes attended?
(a) Josephine Baker.
(b) Bessie Smith.
(c) Alberta Hunter.
(d) Bricktop Annie.

10. When Hughes entered Lincoln, what was the racial make-up of the Board of Trustees?
(a) The Board was 20% black.
(b) The Board was all white.
(c) The Board was all black.
(d) The Board was 50% black.

11. Who wrote the play "The Mule Bone?"
(a) Langston Hughes.
(b) Rowena Jelliffe.
(c) Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.
(d) Zora Hurston.

12. Who did Rudolph Fisher sing with while he was in college?
(a) Josephine Baker.
(b) Besie Smith.
(c) Paul Robeson.
(d) Louis Armstrong.

13. What was the title of Hughes's second book of poems?
(a) "Negro Pride."
(b) "Fine Clothes to the Jew."
(c) "Harlem Dancers."
(d) "One Way Out."

14. What plantation did Hughes visit in Georgia on his way back east from New Orleans?
(a) The Longfellow Plantation.
(b) The Greenback Plantation.
(c) The plantation where Hughes' mother had worked.
(d) The plantation where Jean Toomer lived.

15. What was the "Interstate Tattler?"
(a) A monthly black magazine.
(b) A jazz gossip rag.
(c) A weekly black newspaper.
(d) A respected black column in the New York Times.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Countee Cullen marry?

2. Who were Pail Robeson, Florence Mills, Bessie Smith and Roland Hayes?

3. What was "Fire?"

4. How did Hughes meet the woman who was to become his patron?

5. Where did Bricktop Ada Smith come from?

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