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Black Boy

Richard Wright

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1. In his childhood and early youth, how does Richard react to the submission of other black Americans to white authority?

2. What is Granny’s religious affiliation?

3. Which statement accurately describes Richard’s relationship with Granny?

4. Which of the following best describes Richard’s education?

5. How does Richard react to his mother’s first stroke?

6. Which of the following best describes Richard’s childhood?

7. What is Richard’s adult attitude toward his father?

8. Who is Richard’s favorite aunt?

9. Which of the following best describes Richard’s relationship with his mother?

10. Who is Richard’s only source of encouragement when he publishes his first story in the local newspaper?

11. What happens when Richard enters the working world?

12. Why does Richard succumb to stealing?

13. Why is Richard unable to check books out of the Memphis public library?

14. How does Richard feel when he first arrives in Chicago?

15. What does Richard think of the Hoffmans?

16. What political organization does Richard join in Chicago?

17. For what job does Richard have to gain weight?

18. Who is Comrade Young?

19. How do the black Communists react to Richard’s desire to write?

20. Which of the following best describes Richard’s attraction to the Communist Party?

21. Which statement accurately describes Richard’s experience with the actors at the Federal Negro Theater?

22. How does Richard’s mother react to the cartoon she sees in one of Richard’s Communist magazines?

23. How are Richard’s experiences with the Communist Party similar to his experiences with Granny?

24. How does Richard describe Ross’s trial?

25. How does Richard react to his final rejection by the Communist Party?

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