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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 happens to Pop due to Doc's influence?

2. Where does The Judge get his money?

3. What does Pop do when he sees Roy and Memo returning to the motel in the morning?

4. What will it take for Roy to be relieved from his suffering?

5. What does the Judge do when Roy asks for a raise?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Memo treat Roy after the fans declare him a hero.

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

4. Discuss the ways that The Judge is a hypocrite.

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

6. Why did Pop hire Doc Knobb, and what was Roy's opinion of him?

7. 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.

8. 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?

9. How does Roy react in the beginning when Memo comes to visit him in Boston?

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

Discuss how the unfolding of Roy's character throughout the novel is related to the seasonal aspects of the vegetative myths from Arthurian tales.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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