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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. What kind of relationship does Bigger have with Gus?
2. What two words best describe Bigger in this opening part of the novel?
3. Where does the novel "Native Son" take place?
4. As Bigger is leaving the Dalton home after Mary's death, what does he find near the Dalton's car?
5. The story is set in what decade?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the game, "White," that Bigger and his friends played.
2. How does Bigger feel about his family?
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. What were Bigger's two final concerns about the burning body?
6. What does it mean about Bigger "Feeling his blackness," even more after Mary Dalton and Jan Erlone's attempts at being friendly?
7. Why does Bigger get so angry and violent with Gus when he says he'll go along with the robbery?
8. Why does Bigger seem to take an instant dislike to Mary Dalton?
9. Why does Bigger panic when Mrs. Dalton enters Mary's room while he is in there?
10. After all the gory details of the way he disposed of Mary's body, how was Bigger reacting?
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
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
Write an essay on the way the author, Richard Wright wrote this story, demonstrates both sides of the "nature versus nurture" theory. This is particularly strong when Max testifies to the court about Bigger's life. In the essay describe various parts of the story and how they reinforce both aspects of the theory.
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