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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Peggy finds Mary is not in her room what does she question Bigger about it, and what does he tell her?
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) That he has no idea what could have happened since Mary was fine when he left her.
(d) That the car is in the driveway because "the gentleman", Jan, was going to drive himself home the night before.
2. After Bigger leaves Bessie and returns to the Dalton's house what does Peggy tell him to do and why?
(a) Go the the train station and pick up Mary's trunk because no one claimed it.
(b) To take the trunk to the attic because the Dalton's will start worrying about Mary if they see it.
(c) Go to the train station and find out what has happened to Mary's trunk.
(d) She tells him to take the day off because everyone is too worried about Mary to need his services that day.
3. In book two when Bigger finally falls asleep after hearing Peggy and Mrs. Dalton talking about Mary, what does he recall in his dream?
(a) How Mrs. Dalton nearly caught him with Mary in her bedroom the night before.
(b) How noisy he was when he took the trunk the the basement the night before.
(c) How his mother warned him he'll end up in the gallows if he doesn't straighten out his life.
(d) How noisy he was when he took the trunk to the car that morning.
4. 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 loads her trunk, waits by the car, rings the bell, then asks Peggy what he should do since Mary has not come down.
(c) He asks Mrs. Dalton what time Mary's train is supposed to leave, because he doesn't want them to be late.
(d) He eats breakfast with the Daltons as though nothing unusual has happened.
5. 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."
6. 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 hides with a group of homeless people living near the river.
(c) He steals a loaf of bread then finds an empty apartment to break into.
(d) He steals a loaf of bread then hides in an alley to eat it.
7. Who is Britten?
(a) A private investigator Mr. Dalton hired that day to find Mary.
(b) A private investigator from Mr. Dalton's company.
(c) A detective with the Chicago P.D..
(d) A neighbor who saw Bigger carrying Mary into the house the night before.
8. 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?
(a) Jan Erlone runs away when he sees Bigger has a knife.
(b) Bigger tells Jan Erlone he doesn't need his help.
(c) Bigger runs away.
(d) Bigger pulls a gun on Jan Erlone.
9. When Bigger returns to the basement to shake down the ashes, what stops him?
(a) He thinks he sees Mary's face as it looked the night before.
(b) He hears someone and is afraid they will see Mary's body.
(c) The white cat stares at him and makes uncomfortable.
(d) He sees that her body hasn't completely burned.
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 shape of Mary's body beneath the coals.
(d) The white cat watching him again.
11. What does Bigger say when Bessie asks if he murdered Mary Dalton?
(a) He laughs and says Mary killed herself by jumping in the river and he just watched.
(b) He admits that he killed Mary and tells Bessie he'll tell everyone she helped him.
(c) He denies killing Mary, but admits he stole money from her.
(d) He admits that he killed Mary and threatens Bessie, too.
12. How much money does Bigger show Bessie to try to impress her?
13. 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) Sits staring intently at Bigger.
(c) Jumps on his shoulder and digs in its claws.
(d) It keeps looking from the furnace to Bigger and back again.
14. How do the police finally catch Bigger?
(a) They use a water hose to soak him.
(b) They don't, he gets away one more time.
(c) An officer wrestles with him and wins.
(d) They shoot him in the leg.
15. In book two, how do the reporters decide to frame their stories?
(a) That negros are becomming more involved with communisim.
(b) That the communists and the negros are working together to get the ransom.
(c) That the negros want to be left alone and the communists forcing their beliefs on them.
(d) That the communists have plotted the kidnapping and are blaming it on Bigger.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Bigger contemplate while standing on the rooftop?
2. What does Jan Erlone think when he hears Bigger's lie about him?
3. How many people are searching for Bigger?
4. As Bigger tells his fabricated story about the previous evening to Mr. Dalton and Britten, what is he feeling?
5. What did Buddy tell Bigger happened the night before?
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