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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What happens to Pop due to Doc's influence?
(a) He gets teased constantly.
(b) He gets fired.
(c) He wins a big game that helps his morale.
(d) He gets hit by another player.

3. Why does Bump Bailey get away with ridiculing both the coach and anyone else who crosses him?
(a) He owns the majority of shares in the team.
(b) He is so well-liked that others ignore his mean nature.
(c) He is the leading pitcher for the team.
(d) He is a fighter and others are afraid of him.

4. How does Memo Paris react when Bump dies?
(a) She is glad Bump is gone so Roy could become the team leader.
(b) She hides in her hotel room, grieving.
(c) She is sad for her uncle, Pop, as he misses Bump so much.
(d) She sympathizes with Roy, but doesn't really feel anything about Bump.

5. Who is Memo Paris?
(a) Roy's girlfriend.
(b) A reporter that writes good things about the team.
(c) A loyal fan that follows the team.
(d) Pop's niece and Bump's girlfriend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Roy after Bump gets injured and dies?

2. What American tendency does Malamud say The Judge and Gus take advantage of?

3. How is failure treated in The Natural?

4. How does Harriet respond when Roy says he wants to be the best baseball player ever?

5. How do Roy teammates on the Knights treat him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Roy feel about accepting The Judge's offer and what did he do?

2. What does Roy decide to do to change his luck and get out of the great slump he is in?

3. At the beginning of the pennant game, Pop came to Roy to talk about his being benched. What did he tell Roy?

4. When Roy goes to see a fortune teller when he is in his big slump, she tells him he will meet a beautiful brunette. What is Roy's reaction?

5. Malamud makes a point of mentioning that the Judge has a stuffed shark in his office. Explain the significance of the shark as related to the Judge's personality and how well it fits.

6. What does Iris say about Roy's obligation to young boys and why he has that obligation?

7. What two things really bother Roy when the doctor tells him he can't play baseball any more?

8. How does Roy feel about Iris when he finds out she is a grandmother and what does he do?

9. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

10. Why does Roy have doubts about playing with the Knights when he has longed for fifteen years to play with them? What about his dream changes when he meets the team?

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