Lives of the Writers: Langston Hughes
(Passage is after all of the poems and 'Dust in the Wind' on your listening tape)
to settle down to
to deal with
to leave the scene
to be stranded at
to value + gerund
to be mugged
to fight back
to take away
to be fired
to keep a file on s.o.
W. C. Handy
"St. Louis Blues" (1) played by Louis Armstrong (2) on Coinola C-2 (3)
"Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" (with audio file, sung by Robbie Williams)
to act solemn
to play a joke on
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (with audio file, read by the poet)
to turn out to be
The Big Sea
to soothe oneself
to testify before
"Dear Lovely Death"
to run away
to spend the night
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I Have A Dream" (audio)
to refer to
A Raisin in the Sun (movie trailer)
Lorraine Hansberry (video interview)
to take its title from
1. Why do you think Hughes said, "Children should be born with no parents"?
2. Why did Hughes throw his precious books overboard en route to Africa?
3. What was Hughes's favorite song?
4. Who was Billie Holiday?
5. Find the origin of the expression "A Joseph's coat of many colors".
6. What achievement made Hughes proud?
7. What kind of neighborhoods did Hughes mostly grow up in, and what kinds of problems did he encounter there?
8. What was one reason why Hughes tried to avoid confrontation?
9. How old was Hughes when he died and what did he die of?
10. According to the passage, what role did trains play in Hughes's life?
11. How did having to testify before a Senate committee affect Hughes?
12. How did Hughes feel about death?