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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers


by Langston Hughes

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What do you think it means to have a soul that is deep as rivers?
  2. Are there any places that are particularly important to you?
  3. Have you "known" rivers?
  4. If you were to describe this speaker to a friend, what would you say?
  5. Why do you think our speaker chose these four rivers specifically (the Euphrates, the Congo, the Nile, and the Mississippi), and is there a significance to the order in which they appear?

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