Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the "New Negro" believe in?

2. What is the conflict in "Sweat"?

3. According to Domingo, what are the men of the "Old Crowd" filled with?

4. What is the main character of "Sweat" afraid of?

5. What does McKay describe in "A Long Way from Home"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the magazine "Fire" and its significance.

3. Discuss what happens in "Go Down Death" by James Weldon Johnson.

4. Discuss what Hughes finds in relation to acrobats and Negro performers from "The Big Sea".

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

6. What does "Garveyism" by A. Phillip Randolph address?

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

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

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

10. Describe what Hughes discusses in "The Big Sea".

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the progression and transition of "old" to "new" leaders by analyzing the beginning works with Georgia Douglas Johnson's poem "Old Black Men". Discuss how important this ideology is to the theme of "Voices from the Harlen Renaissance" as well as the state of society of the 1900s.

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

Compare and contrast the tolerance of racism in Negros and whites. How do they both demonstrate a tolerance to this accepted behavior?Do they begin to demonstrate a movement towards equality within the two races? If so, how?

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