Native Son Test | Final 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. When Bessie again declares she won't help Bigger with is ransom plan, what does bigger do to persuade her?

2. What happens after Jan Erlone sees Bigger on the street and offers to help him, then invites him out for coffee to talk about the situation?

3. How many people are searching for Bigger?

4. When Bigger nearly falls off the ledge, how does the writer describe what he would fall into if he had fallen?

5. How is building Bigger chose as the lookout point for the money drop described in the story.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Bigger's brother, Buddy, have to say to him?

2. What was Bigger's fatal mistake in his plan to dispose of Mary's body?

3. What things made the Daltons begin to worry about their daughter being gone?

4. What was the argument Bigger had with his family as he tried to pack his things the day after Mary's death?

5. Although Bigger was 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?

6. When did Bigger realize how quickly news was going to spread that he had killed Mary?

7. What is the one problem Bigger feels he has to do before he will be okay?

8. What deterred the Daltons from being excessively concerned when they found Mary wasn't in the house the morning after she was murdered?

9. Bigger was very much interested in reading about himself in the newspapers. Of what significance was this?

10. What kind of power did Bigger have over Bessie that she continued to obey his direction even though she knew it was wrong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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