Black Poetry Day Quiz: Guess Who Wrote That Verse?

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Welcome to the "Black Poetry Day Quiz: Guess Who Wrote That Verse?" This quiz is a celebration of the profound impact Black poets have had on literature and culture. Black Poetry Day is a perfect occasion to pay tribute to the rich and diverse voices that have graced the world of poetry. This quiz invites you to explore the works of influential Black poets like Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others. It challenges your knowledge by presenting famous lines from their poems and asking you to match them with the correct poet.

Beyond testing your literary prowess, this Read morequiz is an opportunity to learn more about the themes, styles, and unique perspectives these poets brought to their craft. So, whether you're a poetry enthusiast or just curious about the world of Black poetry, join us in celebrating Black Poetry Day by exploring the captivating verses and the poets behind them in this engaging quiz.


Black Poetry Day Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    On what day is Black Poetry Day celebrated every year? 

    • A.

      October 13

    • B.

      October 17

    • C.

      October 10

    • D.

      October 7

    Correct Answer
    B. October 17
    Explanation
    Black Poetry Day is observed annually on October 17th, celebrating the rich legacy of Black poets and their contributions to activism, literature and culture.

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  • 2. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'Still I Rise'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    A. Maya Angelou
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maya Angelou. 'Still I Rise' is one of her most famous and empowering poems, celebrating strength, resilience, and the ability to overcome adversity.

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  • 3. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'We real cool. We left school.'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    D. Gwendolyn Brooks
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Gwendolyn Brooks. The verse is the opening lines of her famous poem 'We Real Cool,' which delves into issues of youth, rebellion, and conformity.

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  • 4. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'A Farewell to America'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Phillis Wheatley

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    B. Phillis Wheatley
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Phillis Wheatley. She was the first black poet in America to publish a book and "A Farewell to America" is one of her most influential poems. 

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  • 5. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'My soul has grown deep like the rivers'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    B. Langston Hughes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Langston Hughes. The verse is from Hughes' poem 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers,' in which he celebrates the ancient African roots and contributions of Black people.

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  • 6. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'We wear the mask that grins and lies'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

       Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Correct Answer
    D.  Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Explanation
    The correct answer is  Paul Laurence Dunbar. The given verse is the first line from his poem 'We Wear the Mask,' which explores the concept of masks, facades, and the pressures of societal expectations.

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  • 7. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: "A Litany for Survival"?

    • A.

      Audre Lorde

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    A. Audre Lorde
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Audre Lorde. "A Litany for Survival," published in 1978, is a powerful and evocative poem that addresses themes of identity, resilience, and the struggle for survival in the face of oppression. 

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  • 8. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'If we must die, let it not be like hogs'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Claude McKay

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    B. Claude McKay
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Claude McKay. The verse is from Claude McKay's poem 'If We Must Die'. He wrote it in response to the attacks by white Americans on African-American communities.  

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  • 9. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    B. Langston Hughes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Langston Hughes. The verse is from his poem 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers.'

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  • 10. 

    Which poet wrote the poem: 'The mothering blackness'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    A. Maya Angelou
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maya Angelou. The verse is from her poem 'The Mother.' This poem was published in her collection “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water Fore I Die.”

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  • 11. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'I am black because I come from the earth's inside '?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Audre Lorde

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    C. Audre Lorde
    Explanation
    The verse "I am black because I come from the earth's inside" is from the poem "Coal" by Audre Lorde.

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  • 12. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'What will happen to a dream deferred?'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    B. Langston Hughes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Langston Hughes. This verse is similar to the previous question's verse, which is from his poem 'Harlem,' also known as 'Dream Deferred.'

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  • 13. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: 'We die soon'?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Nikki Giovanni

    • D.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    D. Gwendolyn Brooks
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Gwendolyn Brooks. The verse is from her 1959 poem 'We Real Cool,' where she reflects on the transient and fleeting nature of black lives. 

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  • 14. 

    Which poet wrote the verse, "I, too, sing America"?

    • A.

      Langston Hughes

    • B.

      James Baldwin

    • C.

      Bell Hooks

    • D.

      Toni Morrison 

    Correct Answer
    A. Langston Hughes
    Explanation
    The verse "I, too, sing America" was written by Langston Hughes. This powerful and iconic line is the opening line of his poem titled "I, Too." In this poem, Hughes addresses issues of racial discrimination and exclusion in America. 

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  • 15. 

    Which poet wrote the verse: "Hear them cry, the long dead, the long gone, speak to us from beyond the grave"?

    • A.

      Bell Hooks 

    • B.

      Langston Hughes

    • C.

      Audre Lorde

    • D.

      Toni Morrison

    Correct Answer
    A. Bell Hooks 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bell Hooks. The quoted verse marks the commencement of her poem "Appalachian Elegy," wherein she reflects upon America's history of slavery and seeks to empathize with the anguish of her African-American heritage.

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