Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage


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In the poem Heritage by Countee Cullen, the poem's speaker expresses a wish for which figure to be black?

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1. In the poem Heritage by Countee Cullen, what does the speaker refer to as 'A book one thumbs / Listlessly, till slumber comes'?

2. In the poem Heritage by Countee Cullen, why is Africa so distant for the speaker?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Countee Cullen's Heritage is an important poem published during the Harlem Renaissance, and this quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the poem's content as well as information about Cullen's life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Ensure that you can correctly answer questions on the following:

  • The basic literary narrative of Heritage
  • Connections for the speaker in Heritage
  • Important events in Countee Cullen's life

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Heritage lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the poem Heritage and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Countee Cullen's relationships

Additional Lesson

Get more information about this poet and poem by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the Harlem Renaissance
  • Identify major cultural figures of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Learn about Countee Cullen's personal and literary life
  • Interpret the poem Heritage to better understand the Harlem Renaissance, the role of Africa for African Americans, and the broader human condition