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. What does the white cat do while Bigger is being questioned by the police and reporters?

2. What does Bigger do to Bessie after they go to the old building to hide?

3. What idea does Bigger get after Bessie mentions he is working near the site of the Leopold and Loeb case?

4. Before Bigger puts more coal on the fire, what is he certain he sees in the furnace?

5. What does Bigger contemplate while standing on the rooftop?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Bigger feel about killing Bessie?

5. What is the Loeb and Leopold case that gave Bigger the idea to pretend Mary was kidnapped and collect a ransom?

6. 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?

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

8. Why did Bigger decide to try to blame Jan and the Communist Party for the kidnapping?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Write an essay on the way the author, Richard Wright wrote this story, demonstrates both sides of the "nature versus nurture" theory. This is particularly strong when Max testifies to the court about Bigger's life. In the essay describe various parts of the story and how they reinforce both aspects of the theory.

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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