Black Like Me Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

John Howard Griffin
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After lunch with Sterling, where is the first place Griffin visits?
(a) The post office.
(b) A church.
(c) A hotel.
(d) The YMCA.

2. What does Griffin say is the biggest problem blacks have?
(a) Their lack of unity.
(b) Their living conditions.
(c) Their relationship with whites.
(d) Their self respect.

3. According to Griffin in his conversation with Mr. Gayle, what can blacks attain to become more equal in society?
(a) YMCAs.
(b) Community centers.
(c) City planning.
(d) Jobs.

4. What city does Griffin walk through during his skin treatment?
(a) Baton Rouge.
(b) New Orleans.
(c) Jackson.
(d) Talahassee.

5. Who helps Griffin darken his skin?
(a) The magazine owner.
(b) His wife.
(c) A friend.
(d) A doctor.

6. At the start of the book, how can Griffin's point of view be best described?
(a) That of an observer.
(b) That of a priest.
(c) That of a black man.
(d) That of personal experience.

7. At the beginning of the third section of the book, what is Griffin comforted by?
(a) He knows he will get a good story out of the experience.
(b) White are not treating him poorly so far.
(c) He knows his transformation is only temporary.
(d) Blacks are willing to help him without expecting anything in return.

8. While Griffin is walking and looking at restaurants in the third section of the book, why does Griffin feel embarrassed?
(a) He thinks his skin treatment is wearing off.
(b) He feels he has not stayed in his place.
(c) He feels his clothes are too dirty.
(d) He feels his body smells bad.

9. Where does Griffin speak with Mr. Gayle in the beginning of the third section of the book?
(a) The church of Reverend A. L. Davis.
(b) The YMCA cafe.
(c) The home of Mr. Gayle.
(d) The place where Griffin is staying.

10. How does Griffin view the black community at first?
(a) It is filled with scoundrels.
(b) It is struggling to survive.
(c) It is thriving and carefree.
(d) It is more wealthier than he thought.

11. Which of these is a problem Griffin says blacks create for themselves?
(a) Self-satisfaction.
(b) Hygiene.
(c) Ability to get a shoeshine.
(d) Self-discrimination.

12. In what year was Black Like Me originally published?
(a) 1950.
(b) 1960.
(c) 1970.
(d) 1980.

13. From whom does Griffin decide to rent a room?
(a) The YMCA.
(b) Mrs. Davis.
(c) Sterling Williams.
(d) Mr. Gayle.

14. What experience do Griffin and Mr. Gayle agree will help blacks reach equality with whites?
(a) Public disturbances.
(b) Riots.
(c) Education.
(d) Farming.

15. How does Sterling react when Griffin reveals his identity?
(a) He is sympathetic.
(b) He is angry.
(c) He is shocked.
(d) He is scared.

Short Answer Questions

1. While Griffin is sitting in the public space during the third section of the book, what does the white man tell him?

2. During Griffin's first encounter with a white man, how does the white man act toward Griffin?

3. Which of these best describes the methods Griffin uses to darken his skin?

4. What aspect of Griffin's portrayal of a black man does Sterling tell Griffin to work on?

5. At what time of day does Griffin leave his place of stay after his transformation?

(see the answer keys)

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