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. Of what does Bert then inform Cora?

2. What does Cora tell Bert the Colonel wants to do to him?

3. Soon after, which son comes in?

4. What happens as Cora and William worry about Bert's place in society?

5. How does Bert feel about his actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the argument become violent?

2. How does the argument quickly escalate?

3. What is Cora's response to William's request?

4. 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?

5. What does Cora try to do, one more time, regarding Bert?

6. What does Cora do after William leaves?

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

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

9. What does Cora tell him to do?

10. What sparks an argument between Bert and Norwood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Bert commits suicide.

Part 1) Why does he commit suicide? What other options did he have?

Part 2) Could he have survived? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is the purpose of Bert's death? What message is the author trying to convey to the reader or audience member?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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