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 warning does Red give Roy that he ignores?

2. Why does Memo ride in the night with Roy without using headlights?

3. How does Roy relate to Pop?

4. What happens to Roy because of Doc Knobb's help?

5. What does Memo's reaction to Bump's death tell the reader, given her lack of relationship with him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What reason did Iris give for standing up in the stands and cheering for Roy?

4. When Roy is teased about his bat being white, he makes the comment that it is the bat's true color. What does the color white indicate, and how does this apply to Roy's bat?

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

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

7. What purpose does Malamud have for repeatedly using dreams in his story? Why is he employing this technique, and what point of view is it?

8. When Memo comes to Roy's room she talks to him about money and how much it costs to start a good business. Why did she do that, and what else does she tell him?

9. What did the new young pitcher for the Pirates have in common with Roy, and how was his dream different?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Roy reject the locker-room lecture and hypnotism of Doc Knobb? How do the other Knights regard Doc Knobb? Give examples from the text to defend your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Dreams appear throughout The Natural. Choose a couple of scenes including dreams and discuss how the dream scene relates to the overall narrative and its themes.

Essay Topic 3

The Natural is divided into two parts, Pre-Game and Batter Up! Discuss why Malamud divided the story this way. What has occurred in the fifteen years between the two parts? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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