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. As the action opens, what are Norwood and Cora discussing?

2. What is Sallie careful not to acknowledge?

3. What comment does little Billy make?

4. What do Cora and Bert begin to do, after he tells her this news?

5. What is true about the relationship between the Colonel and Bert, up until this accident?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the second act begin?

2. Of what does William warn Cora? What does her response lead William to think of her?

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

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

5. 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?

6. How does Cora compare William to herself?

7. Who enters? What connection do they make? What do they begin to organize?

8. What is Cora's response when the Undertaker tells Cora that Norwood is dead?

9. How does this scene open?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Act 2, Scene 2 contains much of the play's action.

Part 1) Describe this action. What leads up to this action?

Part 2) What is the outcome of this action? Could this outcome have been different? How? Why?

Part 3) How does this scene engage the audience? Are you surprised by this action? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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