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 was selected president for the group that was formed in response to the police's refusals?

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

3. Who is the essay "Luani of the Jungles" about?

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

5. What is the name of the girl who diffuses the altercation in the barber shop in "Blades of Steel"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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 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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