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 meeting Mrs. Dalton, what two things does Bigger note about her?

2. Tell whom the lone witness to Bigger's crime is?

3. What terrorizes the family in the opening of the novel?

4. Who is the owner of the pool hall?

5. What kind of relationship does Bigger have with Gus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Bigger need to get a job?

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

7. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

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

9. What was the story Bigger planned to tell when he returned in the morning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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