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Beale Street Love

Beale Street Love


by Langston Hughes

Beale Street Love: The Truth Hurts Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Beale Street Love? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What kind of love is this poem describing?

Love in general
Platonic love
The love found specifically on Beale Street
The love specifically between Clorinda and the man hitting her
Q. Why did the book that "Beale Street Love" was in not sell well?

Because no one liked poetry
Hughes's agent was bad
Hughes shows the dark side of African-American life
Hughes shows African-American life unrealistically
Q. Why is Beale Street important?

It was a hub of African-American life
It was where Hughes was born
It was where Hughes met his wife
It was in a famous Cher song
Q. Why might Clorinda have the upper hand?

She is female
She gives a command to the person hitting her
She fights back
The fist is her fist
Q. Who is the other Clorinda?

A goddess
A saint
A political activist
A white girl born to African parents