Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis


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In his autobiography Black Boy, what does Richard Wright attribute his childhood hunger to?

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1. According to Richard Wright in his autobiography Black Boy, what do Southern white people want black people to do?

2. In his autobiography Black Boy, what was the main cause of the violent clashes between Richard and the women of his family?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Black Boy is an autobiography by Richard Wright that explores the hardships of his life as a black child in the South and as a young adult in Chicago, in the early 20th century. Topics that appear on the assessments include his family and politics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Who Wright blamed for his childhood hunger
  • Wright's beliefs about Southern white people
  • The conflict between Richard Wright and the women in his family
  • Why he parted ways with the Communists
  • At whose hands Richard Wright became an alcoholic

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about growing up black in the South in the early 1900s in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about strong disagreements within Wright's family
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who this author blamed for his alcoholism

Additional Learning

To learn more about this autobiography, review the corresponding lesson called Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describes Black Boy in a historical and societal context
  • Examines the first section of the book, known as Southern Night
  • Explores the second section of the book, known as The Horror and the Glory