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. As Bigger tells his fabricated story about the previous evening to Mr. Dalton and Britten, what is he feeling?

2. What things does Mrs. Dalton question Bigger about when she comes to his room?

3. In book two when Bigger finally falls asleep after hearing Peggy and Mrs. Dalton talking about Mary, what does he recall in his dream?

4. What does Bigger finally do after wandering the streets looking for food and shelter?

5. What keeps stopping Bigger from shaking down the ashes in the furnace?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Bigger realize how quickly news was going to spread that he had killed Mary?

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

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

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

5. What is the one problem Bigger feels he has to do before he will be okay?

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Fear, Flight and Fate Themes:

Write an essay about the way each of these themes were demonstrated in the story. Did any of them intertwine? If so, when/how?

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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