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. How does Bigger feel about Mary Dalton?

2. Who is the owner of the pool hall?

3. What does Bigger tell his friend Gus he could do if he had the chance?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bigger feel about his family?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Bigger need to get a job?

8. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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