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. How many members are in the Thomas family?

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

3. Where does Bigger take the trunk with the body inside?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Bigger's home.

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

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

9. After Bigger realized Mary was dead, why didn't he even consider just telling the truth?

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

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

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 3

Fear, Flight and Fate Themes:

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

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