Native Son Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe Bigger's home.

Bigger lives in a rat-infested room shared by four people.

2. How does Bigger feel about his family?

Bigger has little respect for his mother, torments his sister, and tolerates his brother because he seems to think there is hope for Buddy.

3. Why does Bigger need to get a job?

Bigger needs a job because the Relief Agency is cutting off his family's money. Bigger is supposed to work to help them.

4. How does Bigger really feel about holding up Blum's Delicatessen?

Bigger is afraid to hold up Blum's Delicatessen, but doesn't want to admit it.

5. Why does Bigger get so angry and violent with Gus when he says he'll go along with the robbery?

Bigger gets angry with Gus because he thought Gus was the one who was afraid to hold up Blum's Delicatessen. By hurting Gus he could delay things.

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