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 is the first-born son of Cora and the Colonel?

2. What is Sallie careful not to acknowledge?

3. What does Sallie try to do for Bert?

4. For what does Sallie want to thank Norwood?

5. What does Bert refuse to do when he hears the Colonel coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the second act begin?

2. How does the argument become violent?

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

4. How does the argument quickly escalate?

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

6. How does Bert respond to what Cora tells him?

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

8. What does Cora do after William leaves?

9. Why does Bert dismiss their concerns?

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

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

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 3

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?

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