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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Bigger nearly falls off the ledge, how does the writer describe what he would fall into if he had fallen?
(a) "A boiling pot of hatred."
(b) "The waiting arms of the police."
(c) "An ocean of boiling hate."
(d) "An ocean of cheers from the spectators below."

2. What does Bigger begin to wish for all blacks?
(a) That someone will bring them together to make their lives better.
(b) That they will become superior to the whites and treat them like they have been treated.
(c) That one day blacks will one day be equal to whites.
(d) That they will one day make their own laws and rules.

3. What happens when Britten backs Bigger against the wall and grabs his collar asking him about the pamphlets Jan Erlone gave him?
(a) Mr. Dalton tells Britten, Bigger probably knows nothing about them and doesn't even know Jan Erlone.
(b) Bigger stares coldly into the eyes of Britten until the man releases him.
(c) Bigger wants to hit the private investigator, but controls the urge.
(d) Mr. Dalton tells Britten that Bigger probably wouldn't even understand the brochures.

4. What keeps stopping Bigger from shaking down the ashes in the furnace?
(a) He wants to make sure Mary's body is completely burned.
(b) Fear and dread
(c) He doesn't know the ashes need to be removed.
(d) He is afraid of burning himself.

5. How is building Bigger chose as the lookout point for the money drop described in the story.
(a) A large, white building.
(b) A tall, white and silent building.
(c) A white, vacant, quiet building.
(d) A vacant building in the slums.

6. What does the white cat do while Bigger is being questioned by the police and reporters?
(a) Jumps on his shoulder, then walks around his feet.
(b) Jumps on his shoulder and digs in its claws.
(c) Sits staring intently at Bigger.
(d) It keeps looking from the furnace to Bigger and back again.

7. In what ways does Bigger act to give the impression he thinks Mary is asleep upstairs in her bedroom?
(a) He eats his breakfast then asks Peggy to go upstairs and find out what is taking Mary so long.
(b) He asks Mrs. Dalton what time Mary's train is supposed to leave, because he doesn't want them to be late.
(c) He eats breakfast with the Daltons as though nothing unusual has happened.
(d) He loads her trunk, waits by the car, rings the bell, then asks Peggy what he should do since Mary has not come down.

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

9. While hidden Bigger reads a newspaper about the search for him. Why do the authorities still think Jan Erlone is the mastermind behind the entire murder and ransom?
(a) Because coming up with such a detailed plan would be beyond the Negro mind.
(b) Because Mr. Dalton really liked Bigger and wanted to help him.
(c) Because Jan Erlone is a communist and they hate communists.
(d) Because Jan Erlone refused to be released and has signed a confession.

10. Before Bigger puts more coal on the fire, what is he certain he sees in the furnace?
(a) Peggy watching from the top of the stairs.
(b) He can't see anything because the light it out.
(c) The white cat watching him again.
(d) The shape of Mary's body beneath the coals.

11. What happens when Bigger first awakens the morning after the murder?
(a) He sees his brother, Buddy, staring at him suspiciously.
(b) He doesn't think about what happened the night before.
(c) He remembers everything he did the night before.
(d) He tries to sneak out of the house unnoticed.

12. After he recalls killing Mary Dalton, what did Bigger realize he left in plain sight of his mother and his siblings?
(a) The pamphlets Jan gave him
(b) His bloody clothing
(c) Mary's purse
(d) The knife

13. Who is Britten?
(a) A neighbor who saw Bigger carrying Mary into the house the night before.
(b) A private investigator Mr. Dalton hired that day to find Mary.
(c) A detective with the Chicago P.D..
(d) A private investigator from Mr. Dalton's company.

14. What happens when the first police officer comes through the trap door to the rooftop?
(a) Bigger runs away.
(b) Bigger throws snowballs at him.
(c) Bigger shootes him.
(d) Bigger knocks him unconscious.

15. In Book Two as Bigger rides the streetcar, what is his only regret?
(a) That he hadn't planned the murder so he could have gotten more money and felt more successful.
(b) That he had to work.
(c) That he ever got mixed up with the Dalton's in the first place.
(d) That Mary's body didn't fit in the furnace. He hated all the blood when he cut off her head.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bigger do with the pamphlets Jan gave him the night before?

2. In book two, how do the reporters decide to frame their stories?

3. Why does Bessie finally agree to help Bigger with his kidnapping scam?

4. As Bigger tells his fabricated story about the previous evening to Mr. Dalton and Britten, what is he feeling?

5. What does Bigger overhear Mrs. Dalton saying to Peggy when she learns her daughter is gone?

(see the answer keys)

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