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. Bigger finally shakes down the ashes, but he doesn't remove them from the furnace, he just adds more coal. What happens then?

2. How many people are searching for Bigger?

3. What does Peggy decide must have happened to Mary?

4. In Book Two Bigger is feeling very confident and powerful, except when he sleeps and dreams. What does he dream about after his first meeting with Britten.

5. How does Bigger compare his family to Mary Dalton?

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. 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.

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

4. How did Bigger feel about killing Bessie?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What kind of power did Bigger have over Bessie that she continued to obey his direction even though she knew it was wrong?

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

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

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 3

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.

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