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. Where does the boxer from the essay "Wedding Day" leave America to go to?

3. Who says that those participating in the riots were acting out of self-defense?

4. What is the name of the police officer who is stabbed and killed in Johnson's essay?

5. Which essay addresses the August 1900 incident?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Discuss what Wallace Thurman's editorial discusses about magazines aimed at Negroes.

6. Discuss the "voodoo" in "Luani of the Jungles" by Langston Hughes.

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

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

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

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

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 2

Compare and contrast how the term renaissance applies to the literature of "Voices from the Harlem Renaissance" and how America had its own literary renaissance in the early 1900s.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the pronunciation and adaptation of the Negroes and the English language. Consider Zora Neale Hurston's works as well as the poem by Cuney called "Conception".

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