Day 4

Black Boy Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is Richard tense when he arrives in Chicago?

    After a life in the South, Chicago is a foreign and strange place for Richard. The absence of signs enforcing segregation, and the lack of racial fear somewhat bewilders him. Though the South was harsh, he had come to learn its spoken and unspoken rules. Coming to the North and being ignorant of its social mores and quirks fills Richard with anxiety and tension.

  2. 2

    Discuss Richard’s relationship with the Hoffmans.

    The Hoffmans are Richard’s first major white acquaintances in Chicago. For this reason, Richard is somewhat unsure and awkward in his dealings with them. He treats them as he treated his past employers in...

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