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

2. According to Hughes, what does he find to be a subconscious belief in most Negro homes?

3. What is the title of McKay's poem where people gather around a lynched man?

4. What is the title of Jess Redmond's poem?

5. What is the title of the poem by Hughes that explains how life is not always a straight path, but a journey to rise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the term "jook".

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

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

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

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

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

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

Considering Effie from Fisher's story "Blades of Steel", compare and contrast the women of today's society with the women of the early 1900s. Explain how Effie demonstrates a direct mentality of the women during the early 1900s.

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