The Great White Hope Short Essay - Answer Key

Howard Sackler
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1. How does the play begin?

The play begins with an argument over whether Brady, the current white heavyweight boxing champion, should fight an up-and-coming black boxer.

2. How is Brady convinced to fight this match?

Brady at first rejects the idea but faces intense pressure from Fred, Cap'n Dan, and in particular, from Smitty. Cap'n Dan tells Brady the whole country is going to feel let down if Brady continues to refuse. Brady, carrying his championship belt, says that he'll do the fight. Goldie and Fred shake hands as Brady makes racist comments about how he's looking forward to a win.

3. What does one reporter say about Brady being the White Hope?

A reporter comments that Brady is the White Hope, saying that every paper in the country is calling him that.

4. What is decided about the fight?

Goldie comes forward and asks whether the fight is set. He and Fred discuss the terms of the fight, naming Cap'n Dan referee and arguing over where it's to be held. Cap'n Dan refuses to have it in any large cities because "every nigger and his brother" will be there. They agree on Reno, Nevada, where Brady will benefit from the high altitude and dry air.

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