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. What does the author of "The Negro Digs Up His Past" conclude with?

2. Who first sees Uncle Monday in Hurston's story "Uncle Monday"?

3. In the poem "If We Must Die", what does McKay compare the killings of his race to?

4. Who is the author of "Go Down Death"?

5. What do most of the poems in the section "Alien Gospel or Source of Inspiration?; Alienation, Anger, Rage" have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the term "jook".

6. Discuss Hurston's essay "Shouting".

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

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

9. Compare and contrast Hurtson's ideas with some etymologists in relation to the African dialect.

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

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 progression and transition of "old" to "new" leaders by analyzing the beginning works with Georgia Douglas Johnson's poem "Old Black Men". Discuss how important this ideology is to the theme of "Voices from the Harlen Renaissance" as well as the state of society of the 1900s.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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