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 is the name of Richard's foreman?

2. What does Richard need to do to to get the position at the post office?

3. What is the name of the John Reed Club magazine?

4. What does Richard tell his black comrade he does for a living?

5. Where does Richard work with restless boys?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Bill terrify Richard?

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

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

8. How do Richard's white co-workers in the cafe shock him?

9. Why do the black Communists mock Richard?

10. What problems does Wright find in New York City?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Examine Wright's writing style. How would you describe the prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Wright's style give to his story?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the whites oppression of black people.

1) In what way could it be said that it was to the whites' benefit that they kept the black people down?

2) How much of the oppression was pure racism and how much was it due to fear?

3) In what way could it be said that the equality has benefited society?

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