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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 was the first change in the Africans’ lives, according to DuBois?
2. What does DuBois say the nineteenth century is the first century of?
3. What does DuBois ask the reader to do, in the Afterthought?
4. What does DuBois say his wife had had to do, to produce their son?
5. What does DuBois say we cannot hope for, not for some generations?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the Port Royal experiment?
2. What did the Fisk Jubilee Singers accomplish?
3. How does DuBois characterize the Frenzy the Southern Negro revival meeting?
4. What is DuBois’ relation to death, in Chapter 11?
5. How does DuBois say Christianity appealed to the blacks in slavery?
6. What is DuBois’ final hope for his book?
7. What does DuBois say is at the heart of the sorrow songs?
8. How are the physical dwellings of blacks and whites related, in DuBois' account?
9. How did Alexander Crummell overcome the temptation of Hate?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What topics would you like to research further, after reading The Souls of Black Folk. Describe why additional research or reading would be beneficial to an understanding of this book. Propose a list of articles or books you would read in order to get a better handle on The Souls of Black Folk.
Essay Topic 2
What is the role of the Sorrow Songs in DuBois’ vision of how American culture could evolve over time? Using examples from the text, particularly from the last chapter, assess the importance of the sorrow song in either removing the Veil or making it bearable.
Essay Topic 3
Write an evaluative review of The Souls of Black Folk. What is this book’s place in culture? What are its uses? What are its limitations?
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