African American Authors & Books: Lesson for Kids


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During what time period did Langston Hughes begin to publish his poetry?

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1. Which African American author was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard?

2. Who was the first published African American poet?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to find out what you know about famous African-American authors and poets. You will be quizzed on their published works and achievements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of quiz questions, you'll assess your understanding of:

  • The first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard
  • Famous books written by African-American authors
  • The period Langston Hughes began his literary career

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson, such as the type of book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about who the first published African-American poet was
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer a question about a book centered around an African-American girl in an all white school

Additional Learning

If you are still curious about these authors and others, review the lesson titled African American Authors & Poets: Lesson for Kids. It will explain:

  • The work of W.E.B Du Bois to advance African-American rights
  • A book written by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The author of The Color Purple