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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

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 early 1900's.
(c) The 1920's.
(d) The 1930's.

2. What job did Hughes finally find once he moved to Washington D.C,?
(a) He worked as an editor at a publishing house.
(b) He worked as a messenger for the newspaper.
(c) He worked as a page at the Library of Congress.
(d) He worked for a wet wash laundry.

3. Who starred in "La Revue Negre" in Paris with Maude Russell and Claude Hopkins?
(a) Langston Hughes.
(b) Rudolph Fisher.
(c) Josephine Baker.
(d) Carolyn Dudley.

4. When and why was Hughes invited to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee?
(a) To read his poems at commencement in 1927.
(b) To read his poems in 1929.
(c) To give an address in 1928.
(d) To give a speech at commencement in 1926.

5. What nightclub was making a lot of money while the Grand Duc was not?
(a) Le Maggots.
(b) Chez Helene.
(c) Chez Florence.
(d) Le Figaro.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were some of the stops Hughes's ship made while on its route to and from Havana?

2. Why did Hughes say he loved his patron?

3. What did Hughes say was a "big sea full of fish?"

4. Once, on his way to the train accompanied by a chauffeur and a secretary, who did Hughes meet at the station?

5. What happened to Hughes to make it possible for him to write "Not Without Laughter?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What was "Shuffle Along" and why was it important in the history of the Black Renaissance in Harlem of the 1920s? Who were some of the important blacks associated with music in the 1920s in Harlem.

2. What was the "Messenger"? Who ran it? Why was the editor and the "Messenger" important to Hughes?

3. How did Hughes describe the wedding of Countee Cullen? Why was the wedding the talk of Harlem for a time? How was Hughes involved?

4. How did Hughes conclude his story of the racial survey at Lincoln? What changes did he witness at the school and in how many years?

5. How did Hughes compare Bricktop Ada Smith and Florence? How were the two women different?

6. Who was Hughes's distinguished visitor? Why was the visit an important one?

7. What poem did Hughes submit to "Opportunity" magazine owned by the National Urban League? What was the poem about? What happened to the poem that changes Hughes's life?

8. What event brought Hughes to the South in 1927? How did he react to the South and southern cities?

9. How did Hughes's patron feel about black in America? How did this manifest itself in her relationship with Hughes?

10. Who was Bruce? Why did he become upset at work? What happened when the boss fired him? How did this affect Hughes?

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