Native Son Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Peggy finds Mary is not in her room what does she question Bigger about it, and what does he tell her?
(a) That the car is in the driveway because "the gentleman", Jan, was going to drive himself home the night before.
(b) That the "gentleman", Jan Erlone, was planning on spending the night and he was going to go with Mary to the train in the morning.
(c) That he has no idea what could have happened since Mary was fine when he left her.
(d) He confesses that Mary had been drunk the night before and that "the gentleman", Jan Erlone, insisted on driving her home, but dropped Bigger at his home first.

2. How does the novel end?
(a) He finally cries.
(b) He laughs and lays down in his cot.
(c) He shouts that he is sorry as Max walks away.
(d) Bigger wears a "faint, wry, bitter smile" as he listens to the far door clang shut.

3. On the streetcar on the way to Bessie's apartment what does Bigger want to shout?
(a) That he was lucky to have a good job.
(b) That he knew something they didn't know.
(c) That he killed a rich, white girl.
(d) That he was in love with a beautiful girl.

4. Who did Bigger open up to about his feelings?
(a) State's Attorney Buckley
(b) Jan
(c) His mother
(d) Max

5. What does Bigger do to silence Mary in her room?
(a) He puts a pillow over her face.
(b) He puts his hand over her mouth.
(c) He kisses her.
(d) He stuffs the corner of her blanket in her mouth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the white cat do while Bigger is being questioned by the police and reporters?

2. What does Jan Erlone think when he hears Bigger's lie about him?

3. What is the theme of the movie Bigger and Jack go to see?

4. How does Mrs. Dalton look when she comes to Bigger's room to question him about Mary's disappearance?

5. What does Bigger's brother, Buddy, offer to do to defend him?

(see the answer key)

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