Black Like Me By: Rosey Gonzalez



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Black Like Me

By: Rosey Gonzalez

Pd. 3-Mr. Ribardo


  1. October 28, 1959(pg. 1)

Q-What idea haunts Griffin to no end and eventually makes him take his journey?

A-The idea that cause him to take his journey is what it would be like if he became a Negro in the Deep South.



  1. October 29, 1959(pg. 2)

Q-What’s the name of the magazine Griffin’s friend owns?

A-Sepia is the name of the magazine Griffin’s friend owns.



  1. October 30, 1959(pg. 4)

Q-What do the FBI agents tell Griffin about his plan?

A-They say that he’ll just be treated like any other Negro as in badly.



  1. October 30, 1959(pg. 4)

Q-What was Griffin’s wife’s reaction to his plan?

A-She was startled at first, then later on cooperated and accepted it.



  1. Nov. 1 1959(pg. 6)

Q-Where does Griffin end up staying in New Orleans?

A-He ends up staying at an old friend’s house.



  1. Nov. 2, 1959(pg. 7)

Q-What did Griffin tell his host about his plans/intentions to why he was there (N.O)?

A-He didn’t tell his friend much, he only tells him that he is there for an assignment and that it’s confidential.



  1. Nov. 2 1959(pg. 7)

Q- Why does he keep his plans a secret from his host/friend?

A-Griffin fears he won’t understand but mostly wants to protect him just in case.



  1. Nov. 6 1959(pg. 9)

Q-Who does Griffin befriend first in New Orleans?

A-Sterling Williams, the shoeshine man (Negro).



  1. Nov. 7(pg. 10)

Q- Before leaving his friend’s house to fend for himself in New Orleans, what does he do?

A-Griffin darkens himself more and shaves his head bald.



  1. Nov. 8(pg. 24)

Q-What did Sterling Williams tell Griffin to do that possibly saved him from exposure further down the road?

A-He told Griffin to shave the blonde hairs on his hands.



  1. Nov. 10-12(pg. 44)

Q-Why did the bus driver finally let Griffin off the bus?

A-Some white people wanted to get off as well.



  1. Nov.10-12(pg. 44)

Q-Why was the place Griffin got off at a problem for him?

A-The stop was 8 blocks away from his original destination and he was already exhausted.



  1. Nov. 14(pg. 53)

Q-What exactly is the “hate stare” that Griffin seems to get from most racist white people?

A-The “hate stare” that he gets is mostly a glare or a stare of disapproval from them.



  1. Nov. 14(pg. 53)

Q-Where does Griffin meet Christophe?

A-They meet in a train heading to Mississippi.



  1. Nov. 16(pg. 81)

Q-What does Griffin find in a church he visited in Mississippi?

A-He finds a booklet written about racism by a Southern white priest.



  1. Nov. 27(pg. 122)

Q-Why does Griffin stay in his room all day?

A-He didn’t want exposure to sunlight as he waited for his complexion to lighten.



  1. Dec. 2(pg. 137)

Q-What has his liberated and anti-racist views cost the white Southern college instructor whom Griffin has met?

A-It cost him his family because their views were just so different.



  1. Dec. 15(pg. 147)

Q-Although he is finally reunited with is family and seems happy, what keeps him from being fully content?

A-His experience of when he was a Negro haunts him and he can’t seem to get it out of his mind.



  1. Jan. 2(pg. 148-149)

Q-Why does Griffin want the story to run?

A-He knows that the magazine is read a lot in the Deep South and wants the blacks to know that everyone will be aware from then on and wanted to give them hope.



  1. March 7(pg.150-151)

Q-Why did Griffin ask for police surveillance in both his home and his parents’ home?

A- Griffin’s mother was threatened by an unhappy white woman and he wanted everyone else to be safe.



  1. April 2 (pg. 158)

Q- Why did the author (Griffin) call the grocer a hero?

A-He was nice to Griffin’s father and wasn’t afraid to stat his opinion openly.



  1. June 19 (pg. 160-161)

Q- What conclusion did Griffin make from the letters he got in the mail? How?

A-He concluded that the Southern Whites didn’t despise the blacks like they allow their neighbors to believe. He found this out by the letters being mostly supportive and kind.



  1. August 14(pg.162-163)

Q- Why did Griffin decide to stay a bit longer in town when his family was moving out?

A-He decided to stay because he wanted to wait until the bullies actually carried out their threats. He didn’t want them or anyone think that he was “chased” out of town.



  1. August 14(pg.163)

Q- Why didn’t the man who was nice to Griffin before not waving back at the red light?

A-The man didn’t want others to notice or see and talk.



  1. August 17(pg.163-164)

Q- What does Griffin feel towards the end?

A-He feels the same towards Negros and all but now understands their lives more.



Open-Ended

Q- If you were in John Griffin’s situation, what would you have done differently? What would you have done the same? Explain you reasoning with examples from the story.



Black Like Me

By: Rosey Gonzalez



Pd. 3-Mr. Ribardo

  1. October 28, 1959(pg. 1)

Q-What idea haunts Griffin to no end and eventually makes him take his journey?

  1. October 29, 1959(pg. 2)

Q-What’s the name of the magazine Griffin’s friend owns?

  1. October 30, 1959(pg. 4)

Q-What do the FBI agents tell Griffin about his plan?

  1. October 30, 1959(pg. 4)

Q-What was Griffin’s wife’s reaction to his plan?

  1. Nov. 1 1959(pg. 6)

Q-Where does Griffin end up staying in New Orleans?

  1. Nov. 2, 1959(pg. 7)

Q-What did Griffin tell his host about his plans/intentions to why he was there (N.O)?

  1. Nov. 2 1959(pg. 7)

Q- Why does he keep his plans a secret from his host/friend?

  1. Nov. 6 1959(pg. 9)

Q-Who does Griffin befriend first in New Orleans?

  1. Nov. 7(pg. 10)

Q- Before leaving his friend’s house to fend for himself in New Orleans, what does he do?

  1. Nov. 8(pg. 24)

Q-What did Sterling Williams tell Griffin to do that possibly saved him from exposure further down the road?

  1. Nov. 10-12(pg. 44)

Q-Why did the bus driver finally let Griffin off the bus?

  1. Nov.10-12(pg. 44)

Q-Why was the place Griffin got off at a problem for him?

  1. Nov. 14(pg. 53)

Q-What exactly is the “hate stare” that Griffin seems to get from most racist white people?

  1. Nov. 14(pg. 53)

Q-Where does Griffin meet Christophe?

  1. Nov. 16(pg. 81)

Q-What does Griffin find in a church he visited in Mississippi?

  1. Nov. 27(pg. 122)

Q-Why does Griffin stay in his room all day?

  1. Dec. 2(pg. 137)

Q-What has his liberated and anti-racist views cost the white Southern college instructor whom Griffin has met?

  1. Dec. 15(pg. 147)

Q-Although he is finally reunited with is family and seems happy, what keeps him from being fully content?

  1. Jan. 2(pg. 148-149)

Q-Why does Griffin want the story to run?

  1. March 7(pg.150-151)

Q-Why did Griffin ask for police surveillance in both his home and his parents’ home?

  1. April 2 (pg. 158)

Q- Why did the author (Griffin) call the grocer a hero?

  1. June 19 (pg. 160-161)

Q- What conclusion did Griffin make from the letters he got in the mail? How?

  1. August 14(pg.162-163)

Q- Why did Griffin decide to stay a bit longer in town when his family was moving out?

  1. August 14(pg.163)

Q- Why didn’t the man who was nice to Griffin before not waving back at the red light?

  1. August 17(pg.163-164)

Q- What does Griffin feel towards the end?


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