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 Bigger and his friends call the game they play?

2. What is the job Mr. Dalton is hiring Bigger to do?

3. After Bigger threatens Gus, who prevents him from attacking the other man?

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

5. When the young couple treats him as an equal how does if make Bigger feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

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

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

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

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

7. Why do the Dalton's make Bigger feel so uncomfortable?

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

9. What does it mean about Bigger "Feeling his blackness," even more after Mary Dalton and Jan Erlone's attempts at being friendly?

10. How does Bigger feel about his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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