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 Bert believe he should not have to do?

2. Why has this guest come?

3. Why does Sam ask if it would be acceptable to take Sallie's luggage out the front door to the car?

4. What is Bert telling everyone?

5. Who does Cora first blame for the comment Billy makes, then realizes blame lies with Bert?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Undertaker ask Sam to find Cora?

2. How does the play end?

3. What does this guest say about Bert?

4. How does Bert respond to what Cora tells him?

5. How does Cora respond to the Undertaker?

6. How does Bert feel about his mother's advice?

7. What does Cora try to do, one more time, regarding Bert?

8. When does the play begin? Who are the first two characters introduced? Describe them.

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

10. How does the Colonel respond to Sam's question? What does Sam say about Bert? What stops the Colonel from fully processing what Sam has said to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters walk a fine line regarding the parentage of Cora's children.

Part 1) How do they each walk a fine line? Why do they walk a fine line?

Part 2) Do others in the community do the same as well? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is the purpose for this denial? How does this denial affect the plot of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Two white men find Norwood dead.

Part 1) Who are these two men? Why do they assume Bert is the killer? If they had not assumed Bert was the killer, who might they have believed killed Norwood? Explain.

Part 2) Are you surprised by their response to Norwood's killing? Why or why not?

Part 3) If they had not suspected Bert as the killer, would the outcome have turned out any differently? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Cora seems calm after Norwood's death.

Part 1) Why is she so calm? Are you surprised by her reaction to his violent death?

Part 2) How has her character and personality been changed by this death? Will this be a permanent change? Explain.

Part 3) Compare and contrast her reaction to the reactions of others. Why do these similarities and differences exist?

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