Black Like Me Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Howard Griffin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the race of Sterling Williams?

2. After Griffin speaks to the white man in the third section of the book, how does Griffin feel physically?

3. Which of these is a problem Griffin says blacks create for themselves?

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

5. How does Sterling Williams treat Griffin the first time they meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Griffin comforted by after he has trouble finding a job?

2. What makes Griffin decide to become a black man?

3. What is one of the major themes found in the section section of the book?

4. How do you think Griffin feels physically at the end of this section?

5. How does the manner in which Sterling Williams speaks to Griffin the second time they meet differ from that of the first time?

6. Describe how Griffin feels when he leaves his hotel at the beginning of the second section.

7. What does Griffin tell his host that he is doing in New Orleans?

8. What are three jobs that Griffin tries to get as a black man in the third section of the book?

9. According to Griffin and Mr. Gayle, what is the first step whites believe would threaten the survival of the white race?

10. What does Griffin observe about blacks' survival techniques among one another?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a journalist, Griffin is drawn to many different types of writing in the book. Choose four publications Griffin comes across, describe their contents and purpose, and explain their impact on Griffin and his journey.

Essay Topic 2

During Griffin's travels, he is faced with many negative portrayals of black women. Explain at least three examples of these portrayals from the text and describe how these portrayals affect the public perception of black women by both black society and white society.

Essay Topic 3

In many cases, Griffin learns that whites will show sympathy for blacks as individuals, but not as a larger group. Based on Griffin's observations, what is the logic behind this behavior? Use at least three examples from the text to support your response.

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