Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Locke attribute to the migration of the "new Negro"?

2. What does Fisher miss when he is away at medical school in "The Caucasian Storms Harlem"?

3. What is the conflict in "Sweat"?

4. What does Johnson say about the Negro Manhattan?

5. What does Domingo hint to about the government's current state of being?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what theme the first essays in the section "New Negro Radicalism" have in common.

2. What does "Garveyism" by A. Phillip Randolph address?

3. What does Helene Johnson's poem "Poem" describe?

4. Describe the beginning and end of "From the Messenger - A Menace to Radicalism".

5. Discuss what Nancy Cunard says in "Harlem Reviewed" about Harlem's physical attributes.

6. Discuss what Locke questions in "The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts".

7. Discuss what Wallace Thurman's editorial discusses about magazines aimed at Negroes.

8. Discuss the prejudice shown in "Wedding Day" by Gwendolyn Bennett.

9. Discuss what occurred in response to the August 1900 incident.

10. Discuss the significance in Paul's taking the time to correct the thoughts of the doorman at the hotel in Toomer's story "Cane".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the perception and depiction of Harlem in "Voices from the Harlem Renaissance". Compare and contrast the different images we are given of this city in relationship to its inhabitants as well as cultural and artistic connections.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the relationships of the couples in "Sweat" and "Long Black Song" by Hurston and Wright respectively. Discuss what these two stories suggest about Negro couples and the Negro man in general.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the pronunciation and adaptation of the Negroes and the English language. Consider Zora Neale Hurston's works as well as the poem by Cuney called "Conception".

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