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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Bigger begin to wish for all blacks?
(a) That someone will bring them together to make their lives better.
(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 they will one day make their own laws and rules.
2. What things does Mrs. Dalton question Bigger about when she comes to his room?
(a) About Mary leaving her new clothing behind.
(b) About where the car was parked, the trunk and Jan Erlone.
(c) About Jan Erlone's involvement with the communists.
(d) About where he took Mary the night before.
3. What does Bigger finally do after wandering the streets looking for food and shelter?
(a) He buys a loaf of bread then finds an empty apartment to break into.
(b) He steals a loaf of bread then finds an empty apartment to break into.
(c) He hides with a group of homeless people living near the river.
(d) He steals a loaf of bread then hides in an alley to eat it.
4. In what ways does Bigger act to give the impression he thinks Mary is asleep upstairs in her bedroom?
(a) He eats breakfast with the Daltons as though nothing unusual has happened.
(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 his breakfast then asks Peggy to go upstairs and find out what is taking Mary so long.
(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.
5. In book two, how do the reporters decide to frame their stories?
(a) That the communists have plotted the kidnapping and are blaming it on Bigger.
(b) That the negros want to be left alone and the communists forcing their beliefs on them.
(c) That negros are becomming more involved with communisim.
(d) That the communists and the negros are working together to get the ransom.
6. How does Bigger compare his family to Mary Dalton?
(a) He sees his family's poor existence compared to Mary's rich life.
(b) He sees his family as a burden compared to new possibilites created by Mary's death.
(c) He sees his family as afraid as compared to Mary's confidence.
(d) He sees his family as alive compared to Mary being dead.
7. What happens when Bigger first awakens the morning after the murder?
(a) He sees his brother, Buddy, staring at him suspiciously.
(b) He remembers everything he did the night before.
(c) He doesn't think about what happened the night before.
(d) He tries to sneak out of the house unnoticed.
8. How does Bigger sign the ransom note he has written to Mr. Dalton?
(a) "Better Red than Dead" in red ink
(b) "J. Erlone", with a drawing of a noose
(c) "Red", with a drawing of a noose
(d) "Red", with a drawing of a hammer and sickle
9. What does Bigger do with the pamphlets Jan gave him the night before?
(a) He sits on the bed and reads them.
(b) He burns them.
(c) He throws them in the trash.
(d) He goes to his room in the Dalton house and carefully puts them in his drawer.
10. On the streetcar on the way to Bessie's apartment what does Bigger want to shout?
(a) That he was in love with a beautiful girl.
(b) That he was lucky to have a good job.
(c) That he knew something they didn't know.
(d) That he killed a rich, white girl.
11. 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 that Bigger probably wouldn't even understand the brochures.
(b) Bigger wants to hit the private investigator, but controls the urge.
(c) Mr. Dalton tells Britten, Bigger probably knows nothing about them and doesn't even know Jan Erlone.
(d) Bigger stares coldly into the eyes of Britten until the man releases him.
12. In Book Two 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 hadn't planned the murder so he could have gotten more money and felt more successful.
(c) That he had to work.
(d) That Mary's body didn't fit in the furnace. He hated all the blood when he cut off her head.
13. After Bigger leaves Bessie and returns to the Dalton's house what does Peggy tell him to do and why?
(a) She tells him to take the day off because everyone is too worried about Mary to need his services that day.
(b) Go the the train station and pick up Mary's trunk because no one claimed it.
(c) Go to the train station and find out what has happened to Mary's trunk.
(d) To take the trunk to the attic because the Dalton's will start worrying about Mary if they see it.
14. How much money does Bigger show Bessie to try to impress her?
15. How many people are searching for Bigger?
(a) Eight thousand police officers.
(b) Five thousand vigilantes.
(c) Eight thousand police and vigilantes.
(d) Eight thousand armed, angry, white men.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Buddy tell Bigger happened the night before?
2. What happens after Jan Erlone sees Bigger on the street and offers to help him, then invites him out for coffee to talk about the situation?
3. The South Side Real Estate Company is what to Bigger?
4. Where does Bigger place the ransom note to be certain Mr. Dalton gets it?
5. When Bigger nearly falls off the ledge, how does the writer describe what he would fall into if he had fallen?
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