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. What did Bigger's mother say to him after she awakens the morning after the killing?

2. What does Bigger do to Bessie after they go to the old building to hide?

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

4. In book two, how do the reporters decide to frame their stories?

5. How does Bigger feel committing murder has changed his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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