|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Mr. Dalton refuse to have Jan Erlone picked up by the police for questioning?
2. What does Peggy decide must have happened to Mary?
3. As Bigger tells his fabricated story about the previous evening to Mr. Dalton and Britten, what is he feeling?
4. What does Bigger say when Bessie asks if he murdered Mary Dalton?
5. In Book Two as Bigger rides the streetcar, what is his only regret?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Book two, what does Bigger do at the drug store?
2. When Bigger awoke in the morning after Mary's death, what happened when he remembered what he had done the night before?
3. What deterred the Daltons from being excessively concerned when they found Mary wasn't in the house the morning after she was murdered?
4. 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?
5. As Bigger arrived at the Dalton home on the morning after Mary's murder how was he feeling?
6. Describe Bigger's treatment when he was finally caught.
7. What is the one problem Bigger feels he has to do before he will be okay?
8. How did Bigger feel about killing Bessie?
9. What did Bigger's brother, Buddy, have to say to him?
10. Bigger was very much interested in reading about himself in the newspapers. Of what significance was this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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?
This section contains 957 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)