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

2. What terrorizes the family in the opening of the novel?
(a) A gunman
(b) A rat
(c) Their landlord
(d) A rabid cat

3. How does Bigger feel about Mary Dalton?
(a) He feels she is just like her mother.
(b) He finds her very attractive.
(c) He hates her instantly.
(d) He has no feelings about her or anyone.

4. What does Bigger daydream about during the second movie?
(a) Learning how to overcome race barriers.
(b) Learning the secret to "Getting hold of money."
(c) Learning how to invest money and make it grow.
(d) Moving out of the ghetto and into the country.

5. Bigger and Jack stay for the second movie. What is it about?
(a) Naked native Africans dancing to drums.
(b) Native African's hunting in the jungle
(c) Black Americans
(d) Multi-cultural dances

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mr. Dalton's company own?

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

3. After they leave the movie and go to the pool hall, what does Bigger do?

4. What happens when Bigger puts Mary's body in the trunk?

5. Who does Bigger see when he, Mary and Jan enter the restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

2. What was the story Bigger planned to tell when he returned in the morning?

3. Why did Bigger decide to put Mary's body in the trunk?

4. What happened when Mary's body didn't fit into the furnace?

5. Why do the Dalton's make Bigger feel so uncomfortable?

6. Why did Bigger help Mary to her room instead of waking her parents and letting them know her drunken condition?

7. What does it mean about Bigger "Feeling his blackness," even more after Mary Dalton and Jan Erlone's attempts at being friendly?

8. After all the gory details of the way he disposed of Mary's body, how was Bigger reacting?

9. Why does Bigger panic when Mrs. Dalton enters Mary's room while he is in there?

10. After Bigger realized Mary was dead, why didn't he even consider just telling the truth?

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