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 are these men doing as they visit?

2. For what does Cora plead with Bert?

3. What does Norwood come in and order Bert to do?

4. Why does Sallie come in?

5. What does the guest warn the Colonel about Bert, if he does indeed get arrested for his behavior?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cora say in response to Bert?

2. What happens as Talbot enters?

3. How does the argument quickly escalate?

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

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

6. What do Cora, William, and Bert discuss?

7. What does this guest say about Bert?

8. How does the scene end?

9. What is happening outside? What does Bert do?

10. Who does Bert pass as he leaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This play is more than just a study of the racial tensions facing the south after the end of slavery.

Part 1) How is it more than this? Why is it more than this?

Part 2) How can others relate to this story? What is the author's purpose in writing this play?

Part 3) How is the south in the 1930s used as a backdrop for a deeper purpose? How is this play timeless?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Norwood treats his "darkies" better than most plantation owners threat theirs.

Part 1) Why does he treat them better? How do they benefit from this?

Part 2) How is this also harmful to them?

Part 3) How is his behavior towards them contrasting and confusing? Why is it contrasting and confusing?

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