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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many years had pass before Roy Hobbs comes to play baseball again?
(a) Two.
(b) Ten.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Fifteen.

2. What happens when Roy and Memo go for a drive?
(a) They get stranded when the car breaks down.
(b) They see a boy in the road and Roy thinks they hit him.
(c) They get mad at each other and Memo starts walking back.
(d) They see Roy and he get mad that Roy is with Memo.

3. What does Memo's reaction to Bump's death tell the reader, given her lack of relationship with him?
(a) It shows she didn't care much for Bump.
(b) It shows she loved Bump, but quickly forgot him.
(c) It shows she cannot form stable relationships.
(d) It shows she really loved Roy all along.

4. What does Roy reveal to Harriet?
(a) That he plans to kill Sam.
(b) That he wants to be the best baseball player ever.
(c) That he is in love with her.
(d) That he plans to throw a baseball game.

5. When Red Blow tells Pop that Roy is a "natural" what does that indicate?
(a) That he doesn't need to practice to be good.
(b) That he likes to eat natural foods and live simply.
(c) That he got his talent naturally and can't be beat.
(d) That he will be a great baseball player for the team.

6. How does Roy relate to Pop?
(a) Both played baseball, both loved a woman, and both had no friends.
(b) Bad luck, media harrassment, and the team's poor standing.
(c) Both depended on Red, both were poor, and both played outfield.
(d) Both feared The Judge, both were injured in baseball, and both were about to retire.

7. How is failure treated in The Natural?
(a) It is considered a path to success.
(b) It leads to further failure and heartache.
(c) It is considered an opportunity to learn.
(d) It is considered a fact of life one must endure.

8. What promise does Roy make to Red after he tell him about "Fisher's Flop"?
(a) To always be his friend.
(b) To stay away from Red's girlfriend.
(c) To play his best if Pop puts him in.
(d) To not tell Pop about Red's revelation of his mistake.

9. What American tendency does Malamud say The Judge and Gus take advantage of?
(a) The tendency to fall for schemes promising quick money.
(b) The tendency to seek a mate at all costs.
(c) The tendency to follow one particular ball player.
(d) The tendency to gamble on games.

10. How does Pop react to the almost magical quality of Roy's Wonderboy during the first game in which Roy gets to hit?
(a) He forbids Roy to use it and demands he use the bat chosen by Pop.
(b) He becomes optimistic about the team's chances of a win.
(c) He tells Roy is it not legal size and weight, but use it if he can get away with it.
(d) He is afraid the fact that it is homemade might cause it to not be accurate.

11. What does Roy's teammates on the Knights think of his special bat?
(a) The are fascinated with it and believe in its magic.
(b) They insist he use a precision bat from the team's stash.
(c) They tease him because it was handmade.
(d) They don't care what kind of bat he uses, as long as he hits.

12. How does Roy feel about Bump Bailey?
(a) He tries to teach Bump some techniques to help the team.
(b) He is jealous of Bump's relationship with the coach.
(c) He dislikes him because of his bad jokes and his lack of respect for the team or the coach.
(d) He looks up to him as a mentor, since both play the outfield.

13. By what name does Roy call his personal bat?
(a) Wonderboy.
(b) Sam.
(c) Slam Hitter.
(d) He did give it a name.

14. What happens when Roy meets Gus?
(a) Gus offers him higher pay to work for him.
(b) Gus tells him the fans are disgruntled with him.
(c) He gambles and looses each time.
(d) Gus talks him into selling his story to Max Mercy.

15. Where does The Judge get his money?
(a) From ticket sales to Knights games.
(b) No one knows.
(c) From players whom is he blackmailing.
(d) From gambling.

Short Answer Questions

1. What baseball position does Roy Hobbs try out for?

2. What is in the bassoon case that Roy carries on the train?

3. Who does Doc Knobb accuse of causing the team to lose?

4. Roy consistently reaches out for love. Who does he reach out to in the slump before the game in which he pitches?

5. What happens to Pop due to Doc's influence?

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