Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Langston Hughes
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Lingua inglese

Langston Hughes: life and works
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Langston Hughes was a very prolific ________ writer.
2. He was internationally known as a ________, but employed many different literary forms.
3. He wrote two collections of short stories: The Ways of ________ Folks and Laughing to Keep from Crying.
4. In 1930 he published the ________Not without Laughter.
5. He was the author of a two-volume ________.
6. He wrote opera ________ and lyrics for dramatic musicals.
7. He worked for radio and television, and was a ________ for the Baltimore Afro-American during the Spanish Civil War.
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The Weary Blues: style
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The lines rhyme but they do not follow a regular ________.
2. Black ________ is reproduced by the poet through some linguistic techniques, such as the use of slang, the omission of the ________ and elision.
3. There is a peculiar use of rhyme, repetition, ________ and onomatopoeia.
4. The poet mentions some ________ reflecting the singer's feelings, like a gas light, the piano, the keys and a stool.
5. The setting is old and bare to reflect the singer's ________ and weariness.
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Langston Hughes: life and works
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Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Indiana, in 1902. When he was a year old, after his father had moved to Africa, his mother took him to live with his maternal grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. His mother taught him art, poetry and theatre, while his grandmother told him stories about war. During high school he sent his poems to The Crisis and other periodicals. Due to his difficult financial situation, he got a job on a factory, feeling spiritually close to Walt Whitman. Then he worked as a mess boy aboard a trading freight ship bound for Africa and later as a cook and a waiter in Madrid. Back in the USA, he was taken on as a busboy in Washington, DC, where he met the famous sculptor Vachel Lindsay, who became his mentor.
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Langston Hughes: life and works
Tick the three works which were not written by Hughes.
A: Leaves of Grass.
B: Fine Clothes to the Jew.
C: Shakespeare in Harlem.
D: The Weary Blues.
E: Cries and Whispers.
F: Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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Langston Hughes: Whitman's influence
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Hughes shared with Walt Whitman a ________ in the 'American dream' and a desire to become the spokesman of the common man.
2. He paid a tribute to Whitman in his poem Old ________.
3. Hughes and Whitman were both non-traditional poets, who felt ________ to choose their subjects and to write about themes considered unsuitable for poetry.
4. It is clear from the ________ of his poems that Hughes wanted to break down the rigid distinction between poetry and prose.
5. Like Whitman, Hughes thought that the function of poetry went beyond mere ________, because poems could change the world.
6. Both Hughes and Whitman spoke through a mask, a collective 'I' that for Hughes coincided with his ________ group.
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Langston Hughes: the role of music
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Hughes, a poet of the people, organised readings with jazz accompaniment.
B: He explored the roots of blackness, which he found in the folk innovations.
C: He thought that music had represented an escape from slavery to freedom.
D: When Charlie Parker defined the standard jazz structure, Hughes saw this music as a paradigm of the black experience and a metaphor of human life.
E: He held that jazz, with its free construction and uninhibited movements, represented rebellion in a puritanical society and an alternative way of life.
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Cultural insight: blues and jazz
Complete the text with the words below.

Blues is an evolution of 19th-century African ________ and chants. The black slaves sang them in the Southern plantations of the United States. The blues has to do with overcoming bad ________ and frustration, and letting yourself go and having fun. It has a cathartic effect and is very emotional. While ________ developed in the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of ________ was New Orleans. The characterising feature of jazz is ________: it is partly planned and partly spontaneous, in fact, the musician has the chance to create his own interpretations within a predetermined ________ according to the feeling 'in the moment'.
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The Weary Blues: main features
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. The poem was written in ________.
2. It is an effective example of how ________ influenced Afro-American literature.
3. The events take place in the ________.
4. Lenox Avenue is a nightclub on one of the most famous streets in ________.
5. The character is a ________ man.
6. The poem is written in ________ person.
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The Weary Blues: themes
Tick the words or phrases related to the poem.
A: Troubles.
B: Happiness.
C: Love.
D: Hunger.
E: Solitude.
F: Relief.
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The Weary Blues: the character
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The poem is a description of the mood characterising the blues.
B: The quietness of the singer's emotions is expressed in the song.
C: The black singer is tired and desperate.
D: He has a reserve of strength, which is felt in the gentle movement of his foot.
E: He expresses his weariness in the blues, finding the strength to go on living.
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