We Wear the Mask: Summary, Analysis & Theme


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In Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem ''We Wear the Mask,'' the mask is a metaphor for _____.

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1. Which African American writer wrote an autobiography that provides insight into the themes Paul Laurence Dunbar explores in ''We Wear the Mask?''

2. Which of the following lines from Paul Laurence Dunbar's ''We Wear the Mask'' are probably meant ironically?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this study quiz and worksheet combo, you can assess your understanding of the poem We Wear the Mask. Answer questions to the best of your ability on key points such as what the poem is a metaphor for and an African American writer who wrote a autobiography on a similar theme.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Lines from the poem that are meant to be ironic
  • A word to portray the tone of the poem
  • A word in one line that signifies power

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the poem We Wear the Mask
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding another book by an African American author that explores the same theme of the poem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about particular lines in the poem that express power and irony and a word to describe the tone of the piece

Additional Learning

Learn more about the poem from the lesson we've titled We Wear the Mask: Summary, Analysis & Theme. Consider these topics as you go through the lesson:

  • The poem's historical context
  • Some biographical information about the author
  • Breakdown of some of the poem's lines
  • A rhetorical question and how it's used in the poem
  • Definition of tone with regard to literature
  • Explanation of diction and how it applies to the poem