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 Negro Digs Up His Past"?

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

3. Who believes Africans did not add any words to the English language?

4. Who is the author of the poem "Conception"?

5. How many facts does the author present in "The Negro Digs Up His Past"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss what Hughes's poem "Mother to Son" addresses.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the term "jook".

8. Discuss the significance of the writing style in Cuney's poem, "Conception".

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the beginning of the book's literature with the end of the book's literature. How do the theme, ideas, and challenges of the authors at the beginning like Domingo, McKay and Randolph differ from the authors at the end like DuBois and Hughes? How do these works progress like the mentality of the Negroes during that time?

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