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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. Where do Mary and Jan sit in the car?
2. Where does Bigger say white people live?
3. Why does Mrs. Dalton express disappoint in Bigger?
4. What is different about Bigger and his friend's plan this time?
5. The story is set in what decade?
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. Why does Bigger need to get a job?
3. Why does Bigger get so angry and violent with Gus when he says he'll go along with the robbery?
4. Why does Bigger seem to take an instant dislike to Mary Dalton?
5. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?
6. How does Bigger really feel about holding up Blum's Delicatessen?
7. Why does Bigger panic when Mrs. Dalton enters Mary's room while he is in there?
8. What was the story Bigger planned to tell when he returned in the morning?
9. After all the gory details of the way he disposed of Mary's body, how was Bigger reacting?
10. What happened when Mary's body didn't fit into the furnace?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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