Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Test | Final Test - Hard

Nathan Huggins
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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 is the 3 line poem about?

2. What does the author say about Negro men and slave trade in "The Negro Digs Up His Past"?

3. Who is the author of "Our Greatest Gift to America"?

4. What does Hurston think about the originality of Negro artwork?

5. Who is the author of "A Southern Road"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss what "Fifty Years" by James Weldon Johnson addresses and is significant to.

2. Discuss Fenton Johnson story "The Banjo Player".

3. Discuss what Blake's interview with Nathan Irvin Huggins is concerned with.

4. Discuss what Georgia Douglas Johnson's poem, "Old Black Men" addresses.

5. Discuss Hurston's essay "Shouting".

6. Discuss what Hurston examines in "Spirituals and Neo-Spirituals".

7. Explain what Schuyler's essay "Our Greatest Gift to America" is about.

8. Discuss what Locke addresses in "Art or Propaganda".

9. Discuss what James Weldon Johnson says about Dunbar as a poet in "The Book of American Negro Poetry".

10. Discuss what is described in "The Lynching" by Claude McKay.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Wallace Thurman's "Infants of the Spring" and how its message contradicts with the desire for equality for Negroes. Compare and contrast how Dr. Parkes suggestion for the literary talents to "reach back to their African roots" digresses from seeing the Negro race as equal to whites.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the role of Negro magazines and newspapers during the early 1900s, specifically "The Messenger" and "Fire". What was the purpose of the contents of the works and how does this provide a deeper insight for the reader to better understand the issues of the time?

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