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. What does Richard do to gain acceptance at his new school?

2. What kind of weapon does Richard hide under his pillow?

3. What do Granny and Addie give up their efforts to do?

4. Who does Richard say he is more interested in than the church elder's words?

5. What does Granny equate literary fiction with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Richard cut his ear?

2. What awkward question does Richard's prospective white employer ask him?

3. What does Richard do after he has read his speech at graduation?

4. What does Richard do to raise money to move away from the South?

5. What does Richard do with the money he steals?

6. Why does Richard think Grandpa is so bitter?

7. What does Richard eat for his meals in Jackson?

8. Why does Richard stop selling the newspaper?

9. What job does Richard find in Chapter 5?

10. Why does Richard develop a bitter association between his father and hunger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Examine violence in the novel.

1) In what way does the violence play an important part in getting Wright's view across?

2) How do the students think the public reacted to the novel's violence when it was first published? How would the public react to such a book today?

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