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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jan Erlone think when he hears Bigger's lie about him?
(a) That Bigger is the person responsible for Mary's disappearance.
(b) That Mr. Dalton and Britten are making Bigger lie.
(c) That Mr. Dalton, Britten, and Bigger just hate communists.
(d) That they are all crazy and should be looking for Mary instead of questioning him.

2. 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 looks suspicious.
(b) She's wearing black because she knows Mary is dead.
(c) She's dressed in white, and she is very pale.
(d) She's wearing a white pants suit and has her white hair tied back in a bun.

3. Where does Bigger place the ransom note to be certain Mr. Dalton gets it?
(a) On Mr. Dalton's desk in his office.
(b) In the Dalton mail box.
(c) Under the front door.
(d) Under the back door.

4. In Book 2 as Bigger rides the streetcar, what is his only regret?
(a) That he ever got mixed up with the Dalton's in the first place.
(b) That he had to work.
(c) That Mary's body didn't fit in the furnace. He hated all the blood when he cut off her head.
(d) That he hadn't planned the murder so he could have gotten more money and felt more successful.

5. Where does Bigger make his last stand?
(a) He climbs into an apartment window.
(b) A fire escape.
(c) He climbs a water tower.
(d) A roof top.

6. 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 loads her trunk, waits by the car, rings the bell, then asks Peggy what he should do since Mary has not come down.
(d) He eats breakfast with the Daltons as though nothing unusual has happened.

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. After Bigger returns to the Dalton home with Mary's trunk, he again goes to check the furnace. Who interrupts him?
(a) The police.
(b) Mr. and Mrs. Dalton and Peggy.
(c) Mr. Dalton and a group of white men.
(d) Mrs. Dalton and a white private investigator.

12. After Bigger leaves Bessie and returns to the Dalton's house what does Peggy tell him to do and why?
(a) To take the trunk to the attic because the Dalton's will start worrying about Mary if they see it.
(b) Go the the train station and pick up Mary's trunk because no one has claimed it.
(c) She tells him to take the day off because everyone is too worried about Mary to need his services that day.
(d) Go to the train station and find out what has happened to Mary's trunk.

13. What happens when Bigger climbs another ledge on the rooftop and beings crawling away?
(a) He is spotted.
(b) He hides behind a chimney.
(c) He gets away.
(d) He buries himself in snow so they don't see him.

14. When Peggy finds Mary is not in her room what does she question Bigger about it and what does he tell her?
(a) That he has no idea what could have happened since Mary was fine when he left her.
(b) That the car is in the driveway because "the gentleman," Jan, was going to drive himself home the night before.
(c) 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.
(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.

15. How does Bigger compare his family to Mary Dalton?
(a) He sees his family as a burden compared to new possibilities created by Mary's death.
(b) He sees his family as alive compared to Mary being dead.
(c) He sees his family as afraid as compared to Mary's confidence.
(d) He sees his family's poor existence compared to Mary's rich life.

Short Answer Questions

1. After he recalls killing Mary Dalton, what did Bigger realize he left in plain sight of his mother and his siblings?

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

3. What goes through Bigger's mind when he hears the music from the church near the apartment where he is hiding?

4. Who is Britten?

5. In Book 2, how do the reporters decide to frame their stories?

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