The following is a quiz to help you test your knowledge about Langston Hughes. This quiz will be updated daily through Feb. 14.
Question 1: What was the name of the fictional Lawrence in "Not Without Laughter"?
Question 2: Who was the model for the fictional character Aunt Hagar in Not without Laughter?
Answer: Langston Hughes's grandmother, Mary Leary Langston.
Question 3: Which relative of Langston Hughes was killed at Harpers Ferry?
Answer: Lewis Sheridan Leary (Mary Langston's first husband).
Question 4: In addition to Lewis Sheridan Leary, what other abolitionist was an important part of Langston Hughes lineage?
Answer: Charles Henry Langston, Langston Hughes's grandfather.
Question 5: What famous Hughes poem is based on an racial incident at a Lawrence park?
Question 6: Who is the famous character that Hughes created for his Chicago Defender column?
Answer: Jesse B. Simple.
Question 7: What is the poem from which Lawrence's city motto, "We have tomorrow bright before us," comes?
Question 8: What is the meaning of the term Jim Crow row?
Answer: This was the back row in a segregated theater where blacks were allowed to sit.
Question 9: During Langston Hughes' childhood, where could blacks swim?
Answer: In the Kansas River or farm ponds.
Question 10: During Langston Hughes' childhood in Lawrence, which of these were open to blacks: hotels, restaurants, the Presbyterian Church?
Answer: None of the above
Question 11: What Schools in Lawrence did Langston Hughes attend?
Answer: Pinckney, New York, Central schools.
Question 12: Why did Langston Hughes's father move to Mexico?
Answer: He was not allowed to practice law in the U.S. because he was black.
Question 13: what colleges did Langston Hughes attend?
Answer: Columbia University (for one year); Lincoln University (he earned his degree there).
Question: What was the title of Langston Hughes's first book?
Answer: The Weary Blues (1926).
Question: What was the name of Langston Hughes patron in Harlem?
Answer: Mrs. Charlotte Mason