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Theme for English B

Theme for English B


by Langston Hughes

Theme for English B Questions

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

  1. Who do you relate to more when you read the poem? The speaker or the instructor? Why? 
  2. What do you think the speaker means by saying that he and his instructor are a "part" of each other? How do you know? Who and what is a part of you? 
  3. What is the effect of the list in lines 21 and 24? Write a list like this for yourself. How does it compare? 
  4. Between the instructor and the student, who has learned the bigger lesson after reading this "theme"? Why do you think so? 
  5. How does this poem relate to the modern world, as compared to the world when it was published, in 1951?

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