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. Who arrives as Sallie departs?

2. What do Cora and William try to explain to Bert?

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

4. How is Bert also riling up the white townspeople?

5. What has Robert done without permission?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Bert know will be coming? What are his plans?

2. What will Norwood not tolerate? Of what does Norwood warn Bert?

3. What does Cora tell him to do?

4. How does Cora compare William to herself?

5. How does Cora react when she comes down the stairs? How does Bert seem?

6. How does Cora respond to the Undertaker?

7. What does Cora say in response to Bert?

8. When does the play begin? Who are the first two characters introduced? Describe them.

9. Why is Sam upset and scared?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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