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. Why does Pop dislike Bump Bailey?

2. What headlines in the newspaper catches Sam's attention?

3. What physical trait does Gus have that makes him unique?

4. How does Roy feel when he becomes the team hero, making news stories and filling sports columns with his achievements?

5. What does the author tell us about Roy's declaration to become the best ball player ever?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things did Sam do that showed how much he cared for Roy?

2. Discuss the dreams of Roy and the failures he has experienced up to this point.

3. What does Roy reveal to Harriet and what results from that revelation?

4. How does Roy feel about Iris after he meets her in person. Why does he feel this way?

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

6. Why does Roy go back to the lake, and what happens to him?

7. What happens to the Knights when the first-place Pirates come to town to play against them?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several issues related to responsibility and moral integrity that Roy must face. Discuss them fully, supporting your ideas from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Roy Hobbs life is full of disasters, but many of which are of his own making. Should we feel sorry for him? Why or why not? Defend your answers with passages from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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