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 neglect to call one of the white youths?

2. What does Richard do in the hotel?

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

4. What city does Alan move to?

5. How does Griggs know Richard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richard stop selling the newspaper?

2. Why does Richard fight his Uncle Tom?

3. Why does Richard hang the kitten?

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

5. Why does Richard think racism encourages theft?

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

7. Why does Richard leave his job in the sawmill?

8. Why can Richard not believe in God?

9. What happens when Richard gets a flat tire on his bicycle?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the beatings Richard's family inflicted upon him. Why did Richard's family beat him so much? What effect did the beatings have on him? Why were such beating typical of that time period?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the religious connotations in the book.

1) How does Wright represent black people's relationship with Christianity?

2) Why does Sue change her Christian faith for Communism?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the connotations of the word "nigger."

1) What is its original meaning and what has it come to mean?

2) Why is it now considered so wrong to use?

3) Do you think the word has become too powerful?

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