Problems Fear My Father Religion Literary Terms

100

What is Why Richard had to go to an orphans' home?
His mother became ill and could no longer support him.

100

What is fear forced Richard to ask to leave Greenwood?
He found out that a boy had died in the bed in which he slept at Uncle Clark's house. That made him afraid to sleep in the bed, and Aunt Jody and Uncle Clark would not let him sleep anywhere else. He became exhausted and could not get along living there anymore.

100

What is how Richard describes his father at the end of the chapter, in retrospect?
". . . my father was a black peasant who had gone to the city seeking life, but who had failed in the city; a black peasant whose life had been hopelessly snarled in the city, and who had at last fled the city -- . . . ." Chapter

100

What is What is Granny wants Richard to read story books?
She was a very religious woman who believed all pleasurable things were sinful, that one would burn in hell for enjoying anything.

100

What is Naturalism
A literary movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that saw actions and events as resulting from biological or natureal forces.

200

What is her reaction to him. ( On the trip to Arkansas, Richard becomes more aware of the separations between blacks and whites)
She brushed his questions off with a few bare facts. He later said, "She was notconcealing facts, but feelings, attitudes, convictions, which she did not want me to know

200

What is the effect that Richard's mother's illness had on him?
"My mother's suffering grew into a symbol in my mind, gathering to itself all the poverty, the ignorance, the helplessness; the painful, baffling, hunger-ridden days and hours; the restless moving, the futile seeking, the uncertainty, the fear, the dread; the meaningless pain and the endless suffering. Her life set the emotional tone of my life, colored the men and women I was to meet in the future, conditioned my relation to events that had not yet happened, determined my attitude to situations and circumstances I had yet to face. A somberness of spirit that I was never to lose settled over me during the slow years of my mother's unrelieved suffering, a somberness that was to make me stand apart and look upon excessive joy with suspicion, that was to make me self-conscious, that was to make me keep forever on the move, as though to escape a nameless fate seeking to overtake me."

200

what happened in court, and what effect it had on Richard's attitude towards his father?
Mr. Wright smiled and lied to the judge, saying he was doing all he could. The judge ruled in his favor. Richard saw the injustice and lost any respect he had had for his father. He didn't want to see his father any more.

200

What is How Granny became embarrassed in church
Richard whispered to her that if he had seen an angel like Jacob had, he would believe, in God too. She misunderstood and told the preacher that Richard had seen an angel. When things got out of hand, Richard confessed that he had said "IF," and he scolded her in front of other members of her church.

200

What is Irony?
It is the difference between appearance and reality. A statement is made that impies its opposite.

300

What is; Why did Richard sell the anti-Negro newspapers?
He did not know the content of the papers; he just wanted to read the magazine section of stories and to make a little money.

300

What is Why Richard's mother makes him go to the store even though she knew he might be beaten again?
She was teaching him to stand up for himself--to fight back and survive in the real world.

300

What is Richard describe his father at the end of the chapter
my father was a black peasant who had gone to the city seeking life, but who had failed in the city; a black peasant whose life had been hopelessly snarled in the city, and who had at last fled the city -- . . . ."

300

What is Why Richard begin attending Sunday school?
He decided to go to this go to this place to talk and be with his friends.

300

What is an autobiography
The story of a person's life, written by that person

400

What is Why Richard moved to Greenwood with Uncle Clark and Aunt Jody?
His mother had a stroke, and the children had to move in with relatives. Richard chose to live with Uncle Clark because Greenwood was the choice nearest to his mother.

400

What is Why Addie beat Richard, and his reaction to it
Why did Addie beat Richard, and what was his reaction? She had a preconceived notion that he was a bad boy--from things she had heard in the family. At school she assumed he lied to her about the nuts. When he tried to defend himself, she grew angrier. At home she tried to beat him as additional punishment for his infractions at school, but Richard refused to be beaten unjustly. He defended himself with a knife, and Addie left him alone

400

What is How and why Richard killed the kitten?
Richard hanged the kitten. His father, in anger and trying to get some peace and quiet so he could sleep, told the boys to kill the kitten. He didn't mean it literally, but Richard did kill the kitten as a way of hitting back at his father and showing his hatred.

400

What is Why Richard finally consent to being baptized into the church?
He did it out of love for his mother, not love of God. He didn't want his mother to be humiliated.

400

What is the author's aim
His or her purpose, or goal.

500

What is what was ironic about Betsy's death?
Richard tried to sell her to a white woman, but then he refused to sell her because of his anxieties about white people. A week later the dog was run over in his own neighborhood. He then did not have the dog or the money.

500

What is ; What happened to Uncle Hoskins?
White men shot him because he would not heed their threats. They were jealous of his flourishing liquor business.

500

Who is Nathaniel Wright
He was an illiterate sharecroper

500

Who is Granny
A Seventh Day Adventist was virtuay a white in appearance. Had eight surviving children.

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What is an extended metaphor
a point by point presentation of one thing as though it were another

RICHARD WRIGHT'S BLACK BOY

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