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. Where does DuBois say Alexander Crummell came from?

2. How long did DuBois’ son live before dying?

3. Why is John kicked out of school for a semester?

4. What is being brought, in the poem that opens Chapter 13?

5. What kind of explanation does DuBois endeavor to provide, of the color line in the South?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the price of cotton affected the Black Belt?

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

3. What did the Fisk Jubilee Singers accomplish?

4. How did Alexander Crummell overcome the temptation of Doubt?

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

6. How does DuBois describe the one-room cabin most blacks live in, in Dougherty county?

7. How does DuBois say Christianity appealed to the blacks in slavery?

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

9. How does DuBois characterize the Frenzy the Southern Negro revival meeting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the most important plot points in the development of The Souls of Black Folk. What is at stake in each of these moments? What possibilities do these moments present, and how are those possibilities channeled into specific actions or events? How does the plot chart its course among other alternative or possible plots?

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

In what ways is The Souls of Black Folk relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book, that describe its contemporary relevance.

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