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 is Locke describing when he says "its a place inhabited and controlled by Negroes of many different walks of life"?

2. What does Alain Locke suggest in "The New Negro" about the "old Negro"?

3. What aspect of the Negro culture does Locke discuss?

4. What did the police officer of Johnson's essay think the wife was doing on the street corner?

5. What kind of changes does Locke see in the overall perception of Negroes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe what happens in Jean Toomer's story "Cane".

6. Describe the question Randolph poses in his essay "A New Crowd - A New Negro".

7. Describe what W. E. B. DuBois's essay "Race Pride" addresses.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the role of the African Nation in "Voices from the Renaissance". Considering "Garveyism" by Randolph and "Africa for Africans" by Garvey, discuss how the authors feel about the nation of Africa in relation to the Negroes in America. How do the authors present a positive or negative ideology for Africa's future?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the common theme and idea of the authors in the first section, "New Negro Radicalism". What defines someone as an "old" or "new" Negro? Explain how these categories emphasize the common mentality of these authors?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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