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 does the Party charge Ross with?

2. What parade does Richard try to be part of?

3. Who is the only person among Richard's family in Chicago who does not fall ill?

4. What does Richard think he needs to build a bridge of?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Richard's situation take a turn for the worse when the Great Depression hits America?

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

3. Why does Bill terrify Richard?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Richard find Chicago so startling?

9. Who was Marcus Garvey?

10. What problems does Richard face as publicity agent for the Federal Negro Theater?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Examine the differences between the Jim Crow system and slavery.

1) What were the differences between the Jim Crow system and slavery?

2) In what way does Wright present the Jim Crow system as hypocritical and no better than slavery?

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