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 Robert do as the act ends?

2. How has Bert experienced more equal treatment in the big cities?

3. How is Bert also riling up the white townspeople?

4. Why does he try to do this, regarding his position?

5. What does this guest relate to the Colonel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Cora and William discuss?

3. How does Bert try to justify his position?

4. How does the argument quickly escalate?

5. How does the second act begin?

6. What sparks an argument between Bert and Norwood?

7. Describe Sallie. What does she do when she enters the room?

8. What does Norwood do when he enters the room?

9. How does Cora respond to the Undertaker?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is conflict between Norwood and his black "family."

Part 1) Why is there conflict?

Part 2) Would this conflict have been typical at this time and location in America? Why or why not?

Part 3) Why can Norwood not end this conflict? What is stopping him from ending it?

Essay Topic 2

Cora is changed after Norwood's death.

Part 1) What causes this change? How do other react to this change? Will this change be permanent? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for the change in this character?

Part 3) How does this change in Cora reflect how she feels about Bert and Norwood? How does this reflect how she feels about her other children and members of the white community? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Bert went to school in the north and has spent time in large cities.

Part 1) How has this experience changed him? Is this a positive changed? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Norwood allow Bert to do this? How does this reflect Norwood's behavior towards his mulatto children?

Part 3) What role does this experience play in his relationship with his family and Norwood? What is the purpose of Bert's experiences in relation to the story?

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