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					English IB 2009-2010                                  Rispoli/Hefferon

Black Boy - autobiographical excerpt/Richard Wright

Vocabulary Words to Know

1. Idle


2. Intuitive


3. Relent


4. Baffle


5. Hedge


6. Contempt


7. Speculate


8. Stifle


9. Strive


10. Articulate
The eighth grade days flowed in their hungry path, and I grew more conscious of myself; I sat in classes, bored,
wondering, dreaming.
English IB 2009-2010                                                                              Rispoli/Hefferon

Black Boy - autobiographical excerpt/Richard Wright

The following two quotes tell readers a lot about Richard. Using those quotes and other information from the
text, explain Richard’s personality and character in detail. You must use complete sentences and write in
paragraph form – topic sentence, four to five MINIMUM body sentences, and a conclusion sentence.


Yet by imagining a place where everything was possible, I kept hope alive in me.

I was in my fifteenth year; in terms of schooling I was far behind the average youth of the nation, but I did not know
that. In me was shaping a yearning for a kind of consciousness, a mode of being that the way of life about me had
said could not be, must not be, and upon which the penalty of death had been placed.

				
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