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 happens as Cora and William worry about Bert's place in society?

2. Who arrives as Sallie departs?

3. What does Sallie try to do for Bert?

4. What does Bert try to do regarding his position?

5. What does Cora tell Bert about where he lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Undertaker do when Cora enters?

2. Who enters after the guest and Norwood leave? Describe these characters.

3. How does Cora compare William to herself?

4. What happens as Talbot enters?

5. What sparks an argument between Bert and Norwood?

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

7. How does Bert respond this time? What is Cora's advice to him?

8. What do Sallie and Norwod discuss? What does Norwood insist Sallie do? Why does Norwood become upset with Sallie, as well as Bert?

9. How does this scene open?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Norwood and Bert have much in common.

Part 1) Prove this statement.

Part 2) How do these similarities reflect the theme of this play and the plays deeper meaning?

Part 3) What role do these similarities play in the advancement of the plot of the play? Could these two characters have been able to act any differently towards one another? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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