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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. Which two characters go to Chicago first?
2. Where does Richard meet a young black man?
3. What is Bill's favorite phrase?
4. What is the name of the John Reed Club magazine?
5. Who is the only person among Richard's family in Chicago who does not fall ill?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why don't Southern people like it when blacks move to Northern cities?
2. What problems does Wright find in New York City?
3. How do the white employers at the optical factory arrange a boxing match between Richard and Harrison?
4. How do Richard's white co-workers in the cafe shock him?
5. How do Richard's co-workers react when he tells them he is moving North?
6. Why does Richard want to read H.L Mencken?
7. What does Richard decide at the end of the book?
8. What problems does Richard face as publicity agent for the Federal Negro Theater?
9. In what way does Richard's situation take a turn for the worse when the Great Depression hits America?
10. What happens when Richard joins the May Day parade?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine black femininity.
1) In what did the whites oppress black femininity?
2) How did the white man's oppression of black femininity affect black women?
3) How have black women reacted to the oppression of their femininity?
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
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?
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