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 did Buddy tell Bigger happened the night before?

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

3. How does Mrs. Dalton look when she comes to Bigger's room to question him about Mary's disappearance?

4. What happens when the first police officer comes through the trap door to the rooftop?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In what ways was Bigger's capture similar to the opening of the book when Bigger chased, eventually killing the rat?

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

6. How did Bigger feel about killing Bessie?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Use of Actual Historical Events:

The author of this novel, Richard Wright, used actual historical events in the novel to bring more life to the story and to aid in his plot. In particular he mentioned the Scottsboro Boys and the Leob and Leopold Case. Write an essay about these cases and how they fit into the novel. Add any additional points used that were from real historical events.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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