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 Bigger returns to the basement to shake down the ashes, what stops him?

2. In what ways does Bigger act to give the impression he thinks Mary is asleep upstairs in her bedroom?

3. In Book Two Bigger is feeling very confident and powerful, except when he sleeps and dreams. What does he dream about after his first meeting with Britten.

4. How many people are searching for Bigger?

5. How do the police finally catch Bigger?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Bigger's treatment when he was finally caught.

5. As Bigger arrived at the Dalton home on the morning after Mary's murder how was he feeling?

6. In Book two, what does Bigger do at the drug store?

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

8. When Bigger awoke in the morning after Mary's death, what happened when he remembered what he had done the night before?

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

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

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

Symbolism of words "White" and "Black"

The author of this novel, Richard Wright, has used 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. Include whether or not the words influenced you at all as you read it.

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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