Harlem By Langston Hughes: Analysis & Overview


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Why was the poem Harlem significant to the black community?

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1. What is a 'dream deferred'?

2. Which one of the following writers used 'Harlem' as a basis for a play, and what was the name of the play?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Harlem by Langston Hughes is a poem that speaks to African Americans, and this quiz/worksheet duo will help test your understanding of the poem and its historical details.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following items:

  • Year Harlem was written
  • Definition of a 'dream deferred'
  • Significance of the poem in the African American community
  • Writer who used Harlem to create a play focusing on African American struggles

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related English lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of African American struggles in connection with the use of dreams as the subject in Harlem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding works influenced by Harlem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the historical details of Harlem

Additional Learning

To learn more about the poem Harlem and its influence, review the corresponding lesson titled Harlem by Langston Hughes: Analysis & Overview. The lesson addresses these objectives:

  • Introduces the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes and its subject matter
  • Gives background on Harlem including its use by another African American writer
  • Provides a summary and analysis of Harlem
  • Defines simile