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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 Bigger do with the pamphlets Jan gave him the night before?
2. What keeps stopping Bigger from shaking down the ashes in the furnace?
3. What does Bigger give his friends when he sees them the morning after Mary's murder?
4. After he recalls killing Mary Dalton, what did Bigger realize he left in plain sight of his mother and his siblings?
5. What are Bigger's plans for the kidnapping farce?
Short Essay Questions
1. What things made the Daltons begin to worry about their daughter being gone?
2. In Book two, what does Bigger do at the drug store?
3. Why did Bigger decide to try to blame Jan and the Communist Party for the kidnapping?
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. What was Bessie's reaction when Bigger arrived at her apartment the morning after the murder of Mary?
6. What did Bigger's brother, Buddy, have to say to him?
7. In what ways was Bigger's capture similar to the opening of the book when Bigger chased, eventually killing the rat?
8. What kind of power did Bigger have over Bessie that she continued to obey his direction even though she knew it was wrong?
9. What is the one problem Bigger feels he has to do before he will be okay?
10. When Bigger awoke in the morning after Mary's death, what happened when he remembered what he had done the night before?
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
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.
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