Mulatto Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sam slyly inform the Colonel about Bert?

2. What tale does Bert tell Cora and William?

3. What does Sallie want to become?

4. For what does Sallie want to thank Norwood?

5. Who arrives as Sallie departs?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does this guest send the Colonel over the edge, regarding Bert?

2. What does Norwood say about his treatment of his "darkies?"

3. What does Cora do after William leaves?

4. What will Norwood not tolerate? Of what does Norwood warn Bert?

5. What is Sam doing at the beginning of the scene?

6. Why do things become violent between Norwood and Bert?

7. What is Cora's response to William's request?

8. How does Cora react when she comes down the stairs? How does Bert seem?

9. How does this scene open?

10. What does Cora say in response to Bert?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Bert used to be Norwood's favorite.

Part 1) Why might Bert have been Norwood's favorite?

Part 2) What changed this? How is Norwood to blame for this change?

Part 3) How does Norwood's attitude towards Bert reflect how he feels about the rest of his children with Cora and possibly his other "darkies" as well?

Essay Topic 2

The two men in the center of the conflict in this play are gone.

Part 1) How do their deaths affect or will affect the other characters in this play? Explain.

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for their deaths?

Part 3) Compare and contrast the audience members' thoughts about these deaths in the 1930s and today. What accounts for the similarities and differences?

Essay Topic 3

Bert has seriously offended the white people in town.

Part 1) How has he seriously offended them? What is the reason for his behavior towards and around them?

Part 2) How could he have handled the situation differently to have a more positive outcome?

Part 3) What is the author's purpose for Bert's behavior?

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