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. The South Side Real Estate Company is what to Bigger?

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

3. What happens after Jan Erlone sees Bigger on the street and offers to help him, then invites him out for coffee to talk about the situation?

4. How many people are searching for Bigger?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Bigger's fatal mistake in his plan to dispose of Mary's body?

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

3. How did Bigger feel about killing Bessie?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was Bessie's reaction when Bigger arrived at her apartment the morning after the murder of Mary?

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

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

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

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.

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