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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 DuBois say the black church antedates?
2. In what way does DuBois say his son was fortunate?
3. How long did DuBois’ son live before dying?
4. What does DuBois say should be the purpose of all striving in the twentieth century?
5. How does DuBois characterize the process of land valuation in the Black Belt?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does DuBois say is at the heart of the sorrow songs?
2. What is the black farmer’s relationship with the white merchant, according to DuBois?
3. What is the reason for this tragic anecdote, as the penultimate chapter, coming on the heels of the previous, more triumphant chapter, as it does?
4. What was the Port Royal experiment?
5. What vision does DuBois have, of a future for American blacks?
6. How did Alexander Crummell overcome the temptation of Hate?
7. What took John so long to go home?
8. What vision does DuBois have, of the blacks’ importance in the world economy?
9. How has the loss of the plantation life resulted in the isolation of black and white cultures?
10. How does DuBois say Christianity appealed to the blacks in slavery?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who is the audience for The Souls of Black Folk? What is the ideal reader for The Souls of Black Folk likely to think about the book’s main topics? How does this book try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.
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