Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. After they leave the movie and go to the pool hall, what does Bigger do?
2. When Bigger arrives at the Dalton home for his interview, what question plagues him as he stands outside the house?
3. On Bigger's first night at work, what does he, Mary, and Jan do as they drive around the park?
4. How many members are in the Thomas family?
5. As Bigger is leaving the Dalton home after Mary's death, what does he find near the Dalton's car?
Short Essay Questions
1. Although Bigger is very quick with his deceit and able to think on his feet, so to speak, in what way was he becoming his own worst enemy?
2. What is Bessie's reaction when Bigger arrives at her apartment the morning after the murder of Mary?
3. Why does Bigger help Mary to her room instead of waking her parents and letting them know her drunken condition?
4. Why does Bigger panic when Mrs. Dalton enters Mary's room while he is in there?
5. Why is Bigger being falsely accused of committing so many other crimes?
6. What makes Bigger decide not to withdraw into his trance-like state again?
7. Why is Bigger also charged with the rape of Mary?
8. When does Bigger realize how quickly news is going to spread that he had killed Mary?
9. As Bigger arrives at the Dalton home on the morning after Mary's murder how is he feeling?
10. What does Max say to State's Attorney Buckley when Buckley ridicules Max for wanting to handle Bigger's case?
The author of this novel, Richard Wright, uses 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. Discuss whether or not the words influenced you as you read it.
In most novels the main character has some redeeming quality that makes the readers sympathetic to him. It helps readers relate to the character more. Did Bigger have any of these qualities? If so, what were they?
The author of this novel, Richard Wright, used actual historical events in the novel to bring verisimilitude to the story and to aid in his plot. In particular, he mentions the Scottsboro Boys and the Leopold and Loeb case. Write an essay about these cases and how they fit into the novel. Add any additional points Wright uses from real historical events.
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