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. After Higgins and Norwood leave, who enters again?

2. For what does the guest chide the Colonel?

3. Who is Sam?

4. For what does Cora plead with Bert?

5. Where do Sally and Bert go when he pulls up outside?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cora compare William to herself?

2. What does William try to do one more time? What is Cora's response?

3. Why is Bert no longer the Colonel's favorite?

4. Who does Bert pass as he leaves?

5. How does Bert try to justify his position?

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

7. What does Cora say to Bert, as they enter?

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

9. About what are Norwood and Cora discussing, regarding Sallie and Robert?

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

Essay 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

Bert is filled with hatred.

Part 1) Who does he hate? Why?

Part 2) What has caused this hatred? Is he able to rid himself of this hatred? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does Bert's hatred reflect that of many African Americans at this time in American history?

Essay Topic 3

This play has a sociopolitical theme.

Part 1) What clues or characteristics make this apparent?

Part 2) What is the significance of this theme?

Part 3) How is the play and theme relevant today? Would any aspects of this play need to be changed to be more engaging for a modern audience? Why or why not?

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