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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. Where does Bigger first go after leaving his home the morning after Mary's murder?
2. What does Jan Erlone think when he hears Bigger's lie about him?
3. How does Bigger sign the ransom note he has written to Mr. Dalton?
4. When Peggy finds Mary is not in her room what does she question Bigger about it, and what does he tell her?
5. How does Mrs. Dalton look when she comes to Bigger's room to question him about Mary's disappearance?
Short Essay Questions
1. When did Bigger realize how quickly news was going to spread that he had killed Mary?
2. As Bigger arrived at the Dalton home on the morning after Mary's murder how was he feeling?
3. In what ways was Bigger's capture similar to the opening of the book when Bigger chased, eventually killing the rat?
4. What was the argument Bigger had with his family as he tried to pack his things the day after Mary's death?
5. The morning after Mary's killing, as Bigger rode the street car on his way back to the Dalton house, he spent a lot of time reflecting on the plight of black people. Explain what Bigger thought would be a solution to their fear and shame.
6. Why did Bigger decide to try to blame Jan and the Communist Party for the kidnapping?
7. 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?
8. Describe Bigger's treatment when he was finally caught.
9. What deterred the Daltons from being excessively concerned when they found Mary wasn't in the house the morning after she was murdered?
10. What was Bessie's reaction when Bigger arrived at her apartment the morning after the murder of Mary?
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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