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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. On Bigger's first night at work, what does he, Mary and Jan do as they drive around the park?
2. After winning the battle with "the beast" what does Bigger do?
3. How does Bigger get Mary to her room without disturbing anyone?
4. After Bigger threatens Gus, who prevents him from attacking the other man?
5. Who is the owner of the pool hall?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Bigger really feel about holding up Blum's Delicatessen?
2. Describe Bigger's home.
3. After all the gory details of the way he disposed of Mary's body, how was Bigger reacting?
4. What were Bigger's two final concerns about the burning body?
5. Why does Bigger seem to take an instant dislike to Mary Dalton?
6. Why did Bigger help Mary to her room instead of waking her parents and letting them know her drunken condition?
7. What happened when Mary's body didn't fit into the furnace?
8. What did he find outside near the car on the night of Mary's death, and what did he do with it?
9. Explain the game, "White," that Bigger and his friends played.
10. What is the symbolism of the two movies Bigger and his friends saw?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Use of Actual Historical Events:
The author of this novel, Richard Wright, used actual historical events in the novel to bring more life to the story and to aid in his plot. In particular he mentioned the Scottsboro Boys and the Leob and Leopold Case. Write an essay about these cases and how they fit into the novel. Add any additional points used that were from real historical events.
Essay Topic 2
At the very end of the story Max is upset when Bigger comes to the conclusion that it must have been good that he killed. In an essay explain Bigger's reasoning and how he came to that conclusion. Also explain what Max is trying to make Bigger understand after he comes to this conclusion. Why might the two men have different views on this subject?
Essay Topic 3
Fear, Flight and Fate Themes:
Write an essay about the way each of these themes were demonstrated in the story. Did any of them intertwine? If so, when/how?
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