Native Son Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Who does Mary ask Bigger to pick up after they leave home his first night working for them?

3. When the young couple treats him as an equal how does if make Bigger feel?

4. Who is the owner of the pool hall?

5. Where is Mary Dalton expected to go on the day after Bigger is hired by her father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were Bigger's two final concerns about the burning body?

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

5. Describe Bigger's home.

6. What is the symbolism of the two movies Bigger and his friends saw?

7. Explain the game, "White," that Bigger and his friends played.

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

9. What did he find outside near the car on the night of Mary's death, and what did he do with it?

10. How does Bigger really feel about holding up Blum's Delicatessen?

Essay Topics

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

There are places in the story where Bigger demonstrates a keen ability to visualize a situation ahead of time to evaluate the outcomes. Was this an advantage or disadvantage to him in the story? Give examples in the essay.

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism of words "White" and "Black"

The author of this novel, Richard Wright, has used the words "Black" and "White" heavily throughout this novel. Write an essay on the symbolism of these words, using several examples of each from the novel. Include whether or not the words influenced you at all as you read it.

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