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. With what does the Colonel start to follow Bert?

3. When and where does the play begin?

4. What happens from the accident on, between the Colonel and Bert?

5. Of what does Cora stop and remind the Colonel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bert plan to do to himself?

2. What does Cora tell Bert, when he says he will no longer work in the fields?

3. How does the argument become violent?

4. What does this guest say about Bert?

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

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

7. How does Bert feel about his mother's advice?

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

9. What does the Undertaker decide about Cora?

10. Who is Sam? What does he ask to Colonel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Sallie secretly is training to be a school teacher.

Part 1) Why is this a secret? Why does the Colonel send her to school in the first place?

Part 2) How does the Colonel's sending Sallie to school reflect his attitude towards his mulatto children?

Part 3) Why might Sallie want to be a school teacher? How would Norwood react if he was to find out? Why?

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