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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. Who is Britten?
3. How does Bigger feel committing murder has changed his life?
4. How does Mrs. Dalton look when she comes to Bigger's room to question him about Mary's disappearance?
5. What happens when Britten backs Bigger against the wall and grabs his collar asking him about the pamphlets Jan Erlone gave him?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. In what ways was Bigger's capture similar to the opening of the book when Bigger chased, eventually killing the rat?
3. When Bigger awoke in the morning after Mary's death, what happened when he remembered what he had done the night before?
4. As Bigger arrived at the Dalton home on the morning after Mary's murder how was he feeling?
5. What things made the Daltons begin to worry about their daughter being gone?
6. Describe Bigger's treatment when he was finally caught.
7. Why did Bigger decide to try to blame Jan and the Communist Party for the kidnapping?
8. Bigger was very much interested in reading about himself in the newspapers. Of what significance was this?
9. What was the argument Bigger had with his family as he tried to pack his things the day after Mary's death?
10. 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.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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