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 must the "New Negro" be willing to do in "A New Crowd - What Is He"?

2. Which story calls for donations to a defense fund for those accused of participation in recent riots?

3. Who wrote "If We Must Die"?

4. Who hates the main character of "Sweat"?

5. What does the "New Negro" believe in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe what Marcus A. Garvey's "Africa for Africans" reasons.

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

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

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

9. Describe how Domingo finds any person ever accused of being involved with race riots in his essay "Race Pride".

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 Wallace Thurman's "Infants of the Spring" and how its message contradicts with the desire for equality for Negroes. Compare and contrast how Dr. Parkes suggestion for the literary talents to "reach back to their African roots" digresses from seeing the Negro race as equal to whites.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Locke means when he uses the term "American Negro". Also discuss how this term fits with his idea of Negroes behavior as a stereotype.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of Negro magazines and newspapers during the early 1900s, specifically "The Messenger" and "Fire". What was the purpose of the contents of the works and how does this provide a deeper insight for the reader to better understand the issues of the time?

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