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

2. How do the blacks react to Griffin's interaction with the white woman on public transportation?

3. How does Griffin view the black community at first?

4. What state is the author, John Howard Griffin, from?

5. What type of church does Griffin want to attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Griffin's first encounter with a white man after his skin transformation.

2. How does Griffin's story-telling change from the beginning of this section to the end of this section?

3. Describe Griffin's confrontation in the street toward the end of the second section of the book.

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

5. According to Griffin, how do Southern whites view the relationship between races?

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

7. Describe Griffin's skin treatments in New Orleans.

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

9. How does Griffin's doctor view civil rights and equality for blacks?

10. What do Griffin and Mr. Gayle say about equality in the job market?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Griffin chose the title, Black Like Me? What connotation does this title have? After reading the book, analyze Griffin's choice using supporting examples from the text. Extra credit: Suggest and explain a different title for the book.

Essay Topic 2

What types of struggles does Griffin have emotionally when he changes his identity? Analyze how this experience affects Griffin's feelings about himself and the difficulties he has with his own personal identity crisis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Griffin's understanding of the relationship between blacks and whites in the south at the beginning of his journey and at the end of his journey. Use examples from the text to show how his understanding changes or stays the same.

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