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"Harlem""
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by David Kwan
| 9 Questions
Watch the video below and think about how this model shows how culture and identity is intertwined.
1
5 pts
What were a few points that resognated with you from the video? Explain.
"Harlem" by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
2
5 pts
What five things does he compare a dream deferred to? Why do you believe he used those items as comparisons?
3
2 pts
“Harlem” functions as
an analogy.
an irony.
a paradox.
a symbol.
4
2 pts
The dominant poetic device of the poem is 
metonymy.
personification.
rhetorical question.
simile.
5
5 pts
What is the most dominant mood of the poem?  How is is established and is it effective?  
6
2 pts
The dominant tone of the poem is 
ironic.
threatening.
bitter.
wry.
7
2 pts
Lines 9 and 10 appeal to (choose two):
a sense of sight.
a sense of sound.
a sense of touch.
a sense of taste.
8
2 pts
In the poem, the most appropriate synonym for “dream” is 
goal.
nightmare.
memory.
fantasy.
9
5 pts
Do you feel the poem is optimistic about the future? Why/why not?
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