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 does Bigger do to silence Mary in her room?

2. What do Bigger and Jack think being "Red" is?

3. What does Mr. Dalton's company own?

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

5. What does Mrs. Thomas want Bigger to do to help the family?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bigger get so angry and violent with Gus when he says he'll go along with the robbery?

2. What kind of power does Bigger have over Bessie that she continues to obey him, even though she knows it is wrong?

3. What happens when Mary's body doesn't fit into the furnace?

4. Who visits Bigger after Reverend Hammond and why?

5. Why is Bigger determined to never feel anything like hope again?

6. During his final conversation with Bigger, what was most frustrating for Max?

7. What is Bigger's fatal mistake in his plan to dispose of Mary's body?

8. When does Bigger realize how quickly news is going to spread that he had killed Mary?

9. Why does Bigger decide to put Mary's body in the trunk?

10. What is the Leopold and Loeb case that gives Bigger the idea to collect a ransom by pretending Mary was kidnapped?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the explicit scenes in the novel and whether they were necessary in getting the points of the novel across to the reader. Was the coarseness of the novel offensive? Or, did it help create a sense of how deep the topic of the novel is?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on State Attorney Buckley and the way he handled the case against Bigger. Did Buckley have anything to gain by winning the case against Bigger? If so, what? By what was Buckley's case driven? Race? The gravity of the crime? The public's opinion? Selfish ambition? The honest opinion that if you do the crime you must face the consequences?

Essay Topic 3

Fear, Flight, and Fate Themes:

Write an essay about the way each of these themes were demonstrated in the story. Do any of them intertwine? If so, when and how?

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