The Souls of Black Folk 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. Why did John kill the white John, son of the Judge?

2. What does DuBois say should be the purpose of all striving in the twentieth century?

3. What does DuBois say his first feeling for his son was?

4. What is the dominant crop in the land DuBois describes?

5. What is the outcome of John’s school in his hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does DuBois say is at the heart of the sorrow songs?

2. How does this chapter differ from the previous chapters?

3. What is the black farmer’s relationship with the white merchant, according to DuBois?

4. What vision does DuBois have, of a future for American blacks?

5. What is DuBois’ relation to death, in Chapter 11?

6. What is the role of music in the coming of John?

7. How has the loss of the plantation life resulted in the isolation of black and white cultures?

8. What took John so long to go home?

9. What did the Fisk Jubilee Singers accomplish?

10. What factors does DuBois say have led to crime among blacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Would you recommend The Souls of Black Folk? For what purposes would you recommend The Souls of Black Folk, and what kinds of readers would you recommend it for? What other book would you recommend that would cover the same material or tell the same story in a different way?

Essay Topic 2

How have conditions for blacks changed in America since DuBois wrote The Souls of Black Folk? If you were DuBois, and you were focusing on the same themes DuBois focused on with The Souls of Black Folk, what would you report today?

Essay Topic 3

What is the argument DuBois has with Booker T. Washington’s program for Negroes in America? Using examples from the text, describe DuBois’ priorities, and how Booker T. Washington’s plan differs from his. Would DuBois’ plan be likely to be more successful, on the whole?

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