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 author of the poem "Conception"?

2. Who is the author of "Art or Propaganda"?

3. What is Hurston's story "Shouting" about?

4. What is the title of Hughes's poem that points out that artistic endeavors can release the "hurt in your heart"?

5. In Thurman's story, who asks why he should focus only on his African roots when he has Indian and German roots as well?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the three facts that Arthur A. Schomburg presents in "The Negro Digs Up His Past".

3. Discuss what the singing stone is in "Uncle Monday" by Hurston.

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

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

6. Describe the term "jook".

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

8. Discuss what Locke suggest in "Sterling Brown: The New Negro Folk Poet".

9. Discuss Hurston's essay "Shouting".

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the roles of the Negro performers from the two provided interviews, "Conversation with James P. Johnson" by Tom Davin and an "Interview with Eubie Blake, October 16, 1973" by Nathan Irvin Huggins.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the relationships of the couples in "Sweat" and "Long Black Song" by Hurston and Wright respectively. Discuss what these two stories suggest about Negro couples and the Negro man in general.

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