Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Test | Final 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 type of literary writing style is effective in the 3 line poem?

2. How does Hurston originally define the word "jook"?

3. What is the title of the poem that expresses McKay's love and hatred for America?

4. How does the section "Art and Propaganda" end?

5. What term is coined to mean that African Americans do not produce art specific to their race due to the absorption of American ways?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the idea George S. Schuyler's presents in "The Negro-Art Hokum".

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

3. Describe Uncle Monday in "Uncle Monday" by Hurston.

4. Discuss what happens in Wallace Thurman's "Infants of Spring".

5. Discuss Schuyler's opinion of democracy.

6. Discuss what Hughes addresses in his essay, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain".

7. Discuss Hurston's essay "Shouting".

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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