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 tale does Bert tell Cora and William?

2. With what does the Colonel start to follow Bert?

3. Whose son is young Billy?

4. What does Bert believe he should not have to do?

5. What is Sallie careful not to acknowledge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Norwood tell Bert, regarding his behavior compared to the others?

4. Who does Bert pass as he leaves?

5. What does Norwood do when he enters the room?

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

7. How does the scene end?

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

9. What does Bert plan to do to himself?

10. How does Cora compare William to herself?

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

Bert went to school in the north and has spent time in large cities.

Part 1) How has this experience changed him? Is this a positive changed? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Norwood allow Bert to do this? How does this reflect Norwood's behavior towards his mulatto children?

Part 3) What role does this experience play in his relationship with his family and Norwood? What is the purpose of Bert's experiences in relation to the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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