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 makes Mrs. Dalton leave Mary's bedroom when she comes to check on her daughter?

2. What is the theme of the movie Bigger and Jack go to see?

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

4. What kind of relationship does Bigger have with Gus?

5. Where does Bigger say white people live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did Bigger want to kill the cat?

6. How does Bigger feel about his family?

7. Describe Bigger's home.

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

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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