Black Boy Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the job include?

2. What is the title of the short story that Richard writes?

3. Where does Nathan work as a night porter?

4. Who does the family spend time with on the way to Arkansas?

5. What does Richard pawn in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Richard get baptized in Chapter 6?

3. Why don't Southern people like it when blacks move to Northern cities?

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

5. Why does Richard continue working for the second white family, even though he dislikes them?

6. How do Pease and Reynolds treat Richard at the optical factory?

7. Why do Richard's fellow comrades begins to shun him?

8. What does Richard think about the popular contention that black people lead passionate, emotional lives?

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

10. Who was Marcus Garvey?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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