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 does this guest relate to the Colonel?

2. What tale does Bert tell Cora and William?

3. Whose son is young Billy?

4. What is Sallie careful not to acknowledge?

5. Why does he try to do this, regarding his position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the argument quickly escalate?

6. Who does Bert pass as he leaves?

7. What happens as Talbot enters?

8. How does Sallie leave? Who arrives as Sallie leaves? Who is this person, and why has he come?

9. What does the Undertaker ask Sam?

10. What do Sallie and Norwod discuss? What does Norwood insist Sallie do? Why does Norwood become upset with Sallie, as well as Bert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters walk a fine line regarding the parentage of Cora's children.

Part 1) How do they each walk a fine line? Why do they walk a fine line?

Part 2) Do others in the community do the same as well? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is the purpose for this denial? How does this denial affect the plot of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Bet kills Norwood?

Part 1) Why? How? How does Bert feel about his actions?

Part 2) What foreshadowed this event? Are you surprised by this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might audiences in the 1930s have reacted to this? How might audiences today react? Compare and contrast their reactions.

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