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Harlem Renaissance Quiz

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The period of time commonly referred to as the Harlem Renaissance occurred mostly during what 'roaring" decade of American history?
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The 1920s
The 1940s
The 1960s
The 1980s

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Harlem is a neighborhood in what major American city?
New York City
Chicago
Las Vegas
Los Angeles

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What is the name of the famous author of the literary masterwork known as Cane which was written at the onset of the Harlem Renaissance?
Langston Hughes
James Baldwin
Jean Toomer
Claude McKay

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What poem from Cane begins with the famous quote, "I am a reaper whose muscles set at sundown"?
"King of the Pasture"
"Amber Waves"
"The Harvest Song"
"The Twilit Tale"

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Many of the literary figures who participated in the Harlem Renaissance were educated at what famous college that was started by Booker T. Washington?
Tuskegee Institute
Fisk University
Alabama State University
Harvard University

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Bill Robinson was a Harlem Renaissance artist famous in particular for his work in what artistic pursuit?
Poetry
Sculpture
Painting
Dancing

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Which of the following nicknames was applied to the famous dancer Bill Robinson?
Windsweeper
Bojangles
Maestro Bill
The Sultan

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What famous Harlem Renaissance poet released the highly influential collection of poems known as Harlem Shadows in 1922?
Langston Hughes
Claude McKay
Jean Toomer
James Baldwin

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What is the name of this man who is known as "The Father of Black American Art" because of his use of traditional African styles in his paintings such as "Aspects of the Negro Life"?
Aaron Douglas
Prescott Matthews
Robin Bleuth
Michael Sinclair

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What is the name of this true jack-of-all-trades famous for his work as a musician, actor, N.F.L. athlete, and political activist who is perhaps most famous for his roles in the musicals The Emperor Jones and Show Boat?
Paul Robeson
Cab Calloway
Reginald Sommers
Louis Armstrong

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What was the true name of the legendary poet known today as Langston Hughes?
Nigel Hughes Langston Gray
James Mercer Langston Hughes
Marcus Duffy Lankston
Benjamin Langston Hughes

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The Crisis was a publication circulated during the Harlem Renaissance to inform the world of social issues affecting African Americans. What Civil Rights organization published and circulated The Crisis?
M.I.D.A.S.
C.O.R.E.
The W.G.L.U.
The N.A.A.C.P.

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What poet is particularly known for his Harlem Renaissance works including "Mother to Son," "I Have Known Rivers," and "Life Is Fine"?
Dudley Randall
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Langston Hughes
Robert Hayden

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What is the name of the famous club on 142nd Street in Harlem which hosted many of the Harlem Renaissance's brightest musical performers including Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway?
The Whiskey a Go Go
Club Zeus
The Riverbed
The Cotton Club

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It is believed by most historians that which of the following events contributed to the success of the Harlem Renaissance as it caused many white patrons to frequent Harlem nightlife?
The Era of Good Feelings
The Stock Market Crash of 1929
The Second World War
Prohibition

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James Van Der Zee was an artist in the Harlem Renaissance best known for his contributions to what artistic field?
Painting
Photography
Sculpture
Stand-Up Comedy

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The famous musician and band director Edward Kennedy Ellington performed under what moniker?
Duke
Prince
King
Lord

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What White poet supported Langston Hughes' rise to literary prominence after Hughes slipped him some of his original poetry while working as a busboy?
Walt Whitman
Vachel Lindsay
E. E. Cummings
Robert Frost

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There Is Confusion was a book written by what famous author who was a pupil of W.E.B. DuBois?
Toni Morrison
Maya Angelou
Norma Rhodes Bailey
Jessie Redmon Fauset

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Which of the following was the name of a famous publication founded by Charles S. Johnson that introduced Harlem Renaissance writers to the literary community?
The Harlem Crier
Timestamp
Emergence
Opportunity

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Josephine Baker was an iconic Harlem Renaissance musician who also happened to aid what nation's underground resistance forces during World War Two?
Ireland
Germany
France
Poland

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What is the name of the famous sculptor who created this work, The Harp, as well as sculptures of ordinary Harlem citizens?
Nina Partridge
Rhonda DeBussey
Augusta Savage
Claine McDowell

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Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle were the Black composer duo behind what hit Broadway musical which was one of the first to be written and directed by African Americans?
Shuffle Along
Living in the Sunlight
March to Sunday
Showboat

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Charles S. Johnson was an intellectual force behind the Harlem Renaissance and served as the first Black president of what historically-Black college?
Fisk University
Tuskegee Institute
Spelman College
Hampton University

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Which of the following was a publication from the Harlem Renaissance headed by Carl Van Vechten which is controversial due to how it exoticized Harlem life?
NumberONE!
Turn Around!
Born Again?
FIRE!!

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What is the name of this famous Harlem Renaissance trumpet player and singer who was nicknamed "Satchmo" and was known for his expressive style?
Louis Armstrong
Cab Calloway
Duke Ellington
Eddie York

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What is the name of this Harlem Renaissance writer famous for producing such works as Their Eyes Were Watching God and Mules and Men?
Nikki Giovanni
Toni Morrison
Maya Angelou
Zora Neale Hurston

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The influential Jazz musician Cab Calloway changed music forever with his energetic and friendly style. What was Cab Calloway's true first name?
Caberdine
Cabell
Acabul
Nacabir

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Cab Calloway is memorialized not only by his surviving music, but also by his performance as Curtis in what legendary 1980 comedy?
Caddyshack
The Blues Brothers
Ghostbusters
The Goonies

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By 1930, the Harlem Renaissance was heavily dampened after what major economic event in American history?
Black Tuesday
The repeal of Prohibition
The birth of the National Treasury
The Formation of the F.D.I.C.

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