Black Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who are Richard's friends hostile towards?

2. What does Richard threaten Addie with at home?

3. What kind of school does Richard start attending?

4. What does Richard work as during the summer?

5. What do the white youths smash into Richard's face?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richard think Grandpa is so bitter?

2. How do the white employers at the optical factory arrange a boxing match between Richard and Harrison?

3. What happens when Richard makes a delivery to a white neighborhood in Chapter 9?

4. Why does Richard want to read H.L Mencken?

5. Why can Richard not believe in God?

6. Why does Shorty amuse Richard?

7. What mistake does Granny make at the end of Chapter 4?

8. Why does Richard fight his Uncle Tom?

9. Why does the schoolteacher have to move out of Granny's house?

10. Where does Richard first find his love for books?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine Wright's views on religion.

1) What does he mean by religion on a emotional level?

2) What does he mean by religion on an intellectual level?

3) Why does Wright accept God on both an emotional and intellectual level? Is it the same for everyone?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way Wright uses other people in the story to express his ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Compare the differences between the North and the South.

1) How did whites treat blacks differently in the South than they did in the North?

2) Why did black people stay in the South when people viewed it as so racist?

3) Why does Richard find life in the North just as unsatisfactory as he found life in the South?

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