Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age


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What are the major themes of Langston Hughes' writing?

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1. What does Hughes say about dreams in his poem Harlem?

2. Why does Hughes use an infected sore to describe what happens to deferred dreams?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll test your knowledge of poetry written by one of the most famous writers of the Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes. You'll be asked to answer questions on central themes and topics in his work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Review the following with the assessment:

  • The meaning and content of 'I, Too, Sing America'
  • Regular themes in Hughes's work
  • The significance of dreams in 'Harlem'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Langston Hughes's Jazz Age poems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the themes and content of Hughes's poetry
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about what influenced the poet's work

Additional Learning

See examples and get analysis of Hughes's poetry with the lesson called Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age.

  • Explain what is meant by the Jazz Age
  • Tell the specific dream to which Hughes refers in the poem 'Harlem'
  • Explain the relationship Hughes is discussing in the poem 'I, Too, Sing America'
  • Name the song that is believed to have influenced Hughes's writing of 'I, Too, Sing America'