Black Boy Test | Final 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 city does Richard arrive at in this chapter?

2. What does the black comrade tell Richard would bolster his credibility?

3. What do the black Communists brand Wright as?

4. What is the name of Richard's foreman?

5. What is Wright fearful of doing at work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Richard borrow books from the white library?

2. Why does Bill terrify Richard?

3. What happens when Richard joins the May Day parade?

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

5. Why do the black Communists mock Richard?

6. How do the white man and black man use Richard to help them move the liquor?

7. What does Richard realize as he stands in line at the relief station?

8. Why does Mrs. Moss end up disgusting Richard?

9. What does Richard decide at the end of the book?

10. How do Richard's co-workers react when he tells them he is moving North?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Pick a character from the novel and discuss his/her goals and motives. Does he/she achieve his/her motive? Does he/she share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do his/her goals clash with other characters? How do the characters' goals and motives affect their interactions with each other?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss differences between the novel and autobiographical formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an autobiography? What can Wright not express in an autobiography that he can in a novel? How does Wright use these limitations to his advantage?

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