The Natural Test | Mid-Book 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 does the Judge do when Roy asks for a raise?

2. What viewpoint does the author take when he tells us about Roy's declaration and what it might lead to?

3. What promise does Roy make to Red after he tell him about "Fisher's Flop"?

4. What happens to Roy that Max Mercy finds out when he comes back to the motel?

5. What does Roy do to impress Memo and make some money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roy respond when the fans begin supporting him during the Knights' wins, after having rejected him all through his slump? How does his reaction change?

2. What advice does Red Blow give Roy that is supposed to help him get out of his slump?

3. What did Iris tell Roy in her letter, and what was his reaction to it?

4. How does Iris feel about Roy when she meets him in person, and why?

5. What does The Judge write in his letter to Roy with the $35 thousand?

6. A lady in red appears to Roy, but it is not clear if it is in a dream or reality. The lady in red, whether a dream or not, points out something to the reader. What is that fact?

7. What did Pop tell Roy about the pennant game and his dreams?

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

9. Discuss the reaction of the fans when The Judge refuses to give Roy a raise. What do they do?

10. What happens to Bump when Roy pitches in his place, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Malamud paints the ballplayers as "larger than life" in the novel. Discuss passages in the book where the reader can see ballplayers rendered in a majestic, larger-than-life, or deity-like manner.

Essay Topic 2

Age is a recurring theme in The Natural. Discuss how age enters into both the story and into the probable author's purpose. Use examples from the novel to prove your point. Include how Roy is alike/different at age fifteen and thirty-four.

Essay Topic 3

Iris tells Hobbs that everyone has two lives to live. What are the two lives revealed in the novel? Illustrate your answer with examples from the novel.

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