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 Mr. Dalton's company own?

2. Who answers the door when Bigger finally knocks on the door of the Dalton house?

3. What does Bigger do to silence Mary in her room?

4. What is wrong with Mary when Bigger takes her home?

5. How does Bigger get Mary to her room without disturbing anyone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bigger's home.

2. Why does Bigger need to get a job?

3. What were Bigger's two final concerns about the burning body?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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