Slave on the Block Discussion Questions

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Think of some examples of times when you have heard irony used in informal contexts, such as conversation. What are some of the differences and similarities between the kinds of irony you find in literature and in casual speech? What is so powerful about irony? As a writing exercise, identify an issue you feel strongly about and try to make your point by using irony.

Hughes is known primarily as a blues poet. Much of his poetry based is on blues rhythms and themes, and he incorporates the lyrics of several songs into "Slave on the Block." Listen to some blues music and do some research about the history of this musical form. How do blues themes reflect on the conflicts and issues that Hughes raises in the story?

Identify some white artists, writers, or musicians who draw on African-American culture for their inspiration, either from...

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