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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What goes through Bigger's mind when he hears the music from the church?
(a) He hates the music and can't wait to find another apartment.
(b) He wishes he could be with his mother.
(c) He hums along, but feeling to peace he gets angry.
(d) He half wishes he was a believer like his mother, but doesn't want to give up his sense of self.
2. How does Bigger feel committing murder has changed his life?
(a) He is afraid he will spend the rest of his life on the run.
(b) He feels it has opened the door to opportunity.
(c) It has given meaning to his life.
(d) He feels powerful and ready to kill again.
3. Who is Britten?
(a) A private investigator Mr. Dalton hired that day to find Mary.
(b) A neighbor who saw Bigger carrying Mary into the house the night before.
(c) A detective with the Chicago P.D..
(d) A private investigator from Mr. Dalton's company.
4. What happens when Bigger first awakens the morning after the murder?
(a) He sees his brother, Buddy, staring at him suspiciously.
(b) He tries to sneak out of the house unnoticed.
(c) He doesn't think about what happened the night before.
(d) He remembers everything he did the night before.
5. How does Mrs. Dalton look when she comes to Bigger's room to question him about Mary's disappearance?
(a) She's dressed in white and she is very pale.
(b) She's dressed in white and she looks suspicious.
(c) She's wearing black because she knows Mary is dead.
(d) She's wearing a white pants suit and has her white hair tied back in a bun.
6. What are Bigger's plans for the kidnapping farce?
(a) Put $1,000 in a hat box that Bessie will retrieve.
(b) Put $100,000 in a hat box that he will retrieve.
(c) Have $10,000 put in a shoe box that will be dropped and Bessie will retrieve.
(d) But $100,000 in a shoe box that will be dropped and Bessie will retrieve.
7. After he recalls killing Mary Dalton, what did Bigger realize he left in plain sight of his mother and his siblings?
(a) The knife
(b) The pamphlets Jan gave him
(c) Mary's purse
(d) His bloody clothing
8. As Bigger tells his fabricated story about the previous evening to Mr. Dalton and Britten, what is he feeling?
(a) So proud of his story he thinks of becoming a fiction writer.
(b) Worried they will find something in his story that doesn't ring true.
(c) Afraid they won't believe him and that he'll be under suspicion.
(d) Like he is the one in control because he is telling them what he wants them to believe.
9. What happens when Bigger climbs another ledge on the rooftop and beings crawling away?
(a) He gets away.
(b) He buries himself in snow so they don't see him.
(c) He is spotted.
(d) He hides behind a chimney.
10. What did Buddy tell Bigger happened the night before?
(a) That Bigger's girlfriend, Bessie, came to see him and that she was angry he wasn't there.
(b) That their mother was happy he got the job.
(c) That he would keep quiet for a price.
(d) That Bigger's girlfriend, Bessie, came to see him the night before and talked about marriage.
11. What does Peggy decide must have happened to Mary?
(a) There must have been some kind of foul play because Mary is usally very responsible.
(b) Mary probably waited for Bigger to leave then snuck out of the house again.
(c) Mary probably left earlier than expected because she is usually unpredictable.
(d) To Bigger's shock she told him that Mary has lost her head since dating Jan Erlone.
12. Why does Bigger seem bothered that the newspaper only just wrote about him after he killed Mary?
(a) Because he didn't like the attention that could result in his being caught.
(b) Becaue he has felt the same anger and hatred inside him his entire life and no one ever wrote about it before.
(c) He is thrilled the newspaper is writing about him and thinks about killing again for more attention.
(d) He is unhappy because the story isn't accurate.
13. How is building Bigger chose as the lookout point for the money drop described in the story.
(a) A tall, white and silent building.
(b) A white, vacant, quiet building.
(c) A vacant building in the slums.
(d) A large, white building.
14. 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) "An ocean of boiling hate."
(c) "The waiting arms of the police."
(d) "An ocean of cheers from the spectators below."
15. What does Bigger begin to wish for all blacks?
(a) That they will one day make their own laws and rules.
(b) That one day blacks will one day be equal to whites.
(c) That they will become superior to the whites and treat them like they have been treated.
(d) That someone will bring them together to make their lives better.
Short Answer Questions
1. In book two when Bigger finally falls asleep after hearing Peggy and Mrs. Dalton talking about Mary, what does he recall in his dream?
2. Why does Bessie finally agree to help Bigger with his kidnapping scam?
3. 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?
4. Why does Mr. Dalton refuse to have Jan Erlone picked up by the police for questioning?
5. What does the white cat do while Bigger is being questioned by the police and reporters?
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