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 Richard refuse to accept from a white customer?

2. Where does Richard meet a young black man?

3. Who throws Richard out of the May Day parade?

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

5. What is Wright fearful of doing at work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the black Communists mock Richard?

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

3. Why does Shorty amuse Richard?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Bill terrify Richard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Wright's views on religion.

1) What does he mean by religion on a emotional level?

2) What does he mean by religion on an intellectual level?

3) Why does Wright accept God on both an emotional and intellectual level? Is it the same for everyone?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the differences between the North and the South.

1) How did whites treat blacks differently in the South than they did in the North?

2) Why did black people stay in the South when people viewed it as so racist?

3) Why does Richard find life in the North just as unsatisfactory as he found life in the South?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the differences between how Wright represents white characters and how he represents black characters.

1) In what way are Wright's representations of white characters unsympathetic? Are his representations too unsympathetic?

2) In what way does Wright suggest that the way a white person treats a black person directly influences some of the black people's illegal behavior? Is this an accurate representation?

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