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. What kind of relationship does Bigger have with Gus?

2. What does Bigger daydream about during the second movie?

3. What does Bigger do after he puts Mary to bed?

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

5. After winning the battle with "the beast" what does Bigger do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Bigger seem to take an instant dislike to Mary Dalton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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