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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many bedrooms does the Thomas family share?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) One.

2. Why is Bigger afraid of being caught in Mary's bedroom?
(a) He isn't afraid of anything.
(b) He already has a girlfriend who is jealous.
(c) He is black and she is white.
(d) He doesn't want to lose his job.

3. On Bigger's first night at work, what does he, Mary, and Jan do as they drive around the park?
(a) Drink until they all pass out.
(b) Get drunk and read pamphlets
(c) Talk about Mary's upcoming trip.
(d) Drink beer and rum and talk about communism.

4. Who is the lone witness to Bigger's crime?
(a) Peggy the housekeeper.
(b) A neighbor peeking out their window.
(c) Mrs. Dalton.
(d) The Dalton's white cat.

5. When Bigger arrives at the Dalton home for his interview, what question plagues him as he stands outside the house?
(a) He's concerned he won't be able to do the job.
(b) He's worried they will dislike him because he is black.
(c) Whether he should have dressed in nicer clothing.
(d) Whether he should go to the front door or the back.

Short Answer Questions

1. After winning the battle with "the beast" what does Bigger do?

2. Where do Bigger and Mary take Jan after their evening out?

3. What is different about Bigger and his friend's plan this time?

4. What makes Mrs. Dalton leave Mary's bedroom when she comes to check on her daughter?

5. How does Bigger feel when he enters the Dalton home for the very first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Bigger being falsely accused of committing so many other crimes?

2. The morning after Mary's killing, as Bigger rides the street car on his way back to the Dalton house, he spends a lot of time reflecting on the plight of black people. Explain what Bigger thinks would be a solution to their fear and shame.

3. Why does Max want Bigger to plead guilty, but not enter a plea of insanity; yet, at the same time try to prove Bigger is not mentally capable of acting as any white person would describe as sane?

4. Although Bigger is very quick with his deceit and able to think on his feet, so to speak, in what way was he becoming his own worst enemy?

5. How does Bigger feel when Bessie's body is brought into the courtroom as evidence?

6. Describe Bigger's treatment when he is finally caught.

7. Why doesn't Bigger want his mother and siblings to visit him in front of the Daltons and all the others who were in his cell at the time?

8. What deterred the Daltons from being excessively concerned when they find Mary isn't in the house the morning after she was murdered?

9. Why is Bigger so upset when Max is uncertain of what Bigger meant when he spoke of the things he had told Max "that night?"

10. Why does Bigger get so angry and violent with Gus when he says he'll go along with the robbery?

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