Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nathan Huggins
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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 do the police refuse in response to the murdered police officer in Johnson's essay?

2. How many outcomes does Randolph attribute to Mr. Garvey's ideals in "Garveyism"?

3. What age does Cullen specifically focus on in her writings?

4. In what essay does the author state that "a Negro will turn on another Negro if ordered"?

5. What does McKay describe in "A Long Way from Home"?

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

4. Describe how Alain Locke's "The New Negro" defines the "new negro" as.

5. Describe Randolph's description of how the "new crowd" should behave in his essay "A New Crowd - A New Negro".

6. Discuss what happens in Zora Neale Hurston's story "Sweat".

7. Discuss what happens in Fisher's story "Blades of Steel".

8. Describe what W. A. Domingo writes the "New Negro" must be able to do in "If We Must Die".

9. Describe the August 1900 incident that occurs in "Black Manhattan".

10. Discuss the struggle Paul deals with in "Cane" by Jean Toomer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the beginning of the book's literature with the end of the book's literature. How do the theme, ideas, and challenges of the authors at the beginning like Domingo, McKay and Randolph differ from the authors at the end like DuBois and Hughes? How do these works progress like the mentality of the Negroes during that time?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the roles of the Negro performers from the two provided interviews, "Conversation with James P. Johnson" by Tom Davin and an "Interview with Eubie Blake, October 16, 1973" by Nathan Irvin Huggins.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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