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 decide to do with Mary's body next?

2. How many members are in the Thomas family?

3. What does Bigger realize after Mrs. Dalton leaves Mary's bedroom?

4. What Bigger and his friends call the game they play?

5. After they leave the movie and go to the pool hall, what does Bigger do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

2. Describe Bigger's home.

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Bigger feel about his family?

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

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

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.

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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