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. Who hates the main character of "Sweat"?

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

3. Who is the author of "A New Crowd - A New Negro"?

4. What seems to be the consensus of the essays in "New Negro Radicalism"?

5. Who says "white folks is white" in one of Cullen's poems?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the significance of the writing style in Cuney's poem, "Conception".

3. Describe the significance of the magazine "The Messenger".

4. Discuss what happens in Wallace Thurman's "Infants of Spring".

5. Describe the attitudes of the men's essays in the section New Negro Radicalism and the interpretation they leave for the reader.

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

7. Discuss what James Weldon Johnson says about Dunbar as a poet in "The Book of American Negro Poetry".

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

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

10. Describe Uncle Monday in "Uncle Monday" by Hurston.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the third section's author's "Afro-American Identity - Who Am I?" (in particular Hughes, Bennett, and Cullen) and how they address the relationship between Negroes and their white counterparts.

Essay Topic 3

Considering Effie from Fisher's story "Blades of Steel", compare and contrast the women of today's society with the women of the early 1900s. Explain how Effie demonstrates a direct mentality of the women during the early 1900s.

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