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 Johnson say about the Negro Manhattan?

2. What is the conflict in "Sweat"?

3. What ethnicity is Paul in the essay "Cane"?

4. What specifically does Hughes describe in his impression of Harlem?

5. What does the essay "Afro-American Fragment" address?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss how James Weldon Johnson describes Harlem in "Black Manhattan".

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

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

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

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

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

7. Discuss what Effie's role represents in Fisher's story "Blades of Steel".

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

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

10. Discuss what Locke describes as " a new vision of opportunity" in "The New Negro".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the element of rage in the sixth section's literature "Alien Gospel or Source of Inspiration?; Alienation, Anger, Rage". Compare and contrast the perception of what this emotional rage represents, the current state of the Negroes or a prompt to fight for their equality.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss James Weldon Johnson's work "Black Manhattan" and the importance of the August 1900 incident and what happened to make this event infamous. Detail the events that were a response to the incident that progressed Negroes to fight for their rights.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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