Black Like Me Test | Final 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. How does Griffin remember his past experience in Mobile as a young, white man?

2. According to Griffin, how do many whites claim to keep their race pure?

3. Why does Griffin decide to only go out at night in Montgomery?

4. Why are the children of the young black man excited to see Griffin when he walks in their home?

5. In the fifth section of the book, what do many people warn Griffin about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Griffin thinks white men pick him up while he is hitchhiking.

2. Why does Christophe make Griffin nervous?

3. Why does Griffin decide to go to Mississippi?

4. Why is Sterling upset when Griffin goes to see him at the shoeshine stand?

5. How does the attendant at the custard stand act toward Griffin when Griffin asks to use a restroom?

6. According to Griffin, how do the blacks automatically act among one another on the bus to Mississippi?

7. What is once piece of advice that Bill Williams gives Griffin?

8. Why do the young black man's children think they are having a party?

9. Describe what Griffin sees on the bathroom wall of the bus station.

10. Why is the white man who picks Griffin up at the beginning of the fourth section hypocritical?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain how the public reacts to Griffin's story. What events take place? Using your knowledge of the Civil Rights movement, analyze this reaction. Was it an expected or unexpected reaction? Use supporting examples from the text in your response.

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