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

2. Who is the coach of the Brooklyn Knights when Roy Hobbs signs on?

3. What does Roy do that gains Memo's approval and laughter?

4. What is the Judge's plans for the Knights?

5. How did Roy obtain his special bat, Wonderboy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When Roy ended up in the hospital from overeating, what did the doctor tell him about his career in baseball?

6. Sam is on the scene as a character for a very short time. What purpose does he serve as a character?

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

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

9. What does Roy do in the night after they lose the pennant game?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Malamud wrote, "Sometimes as he watched the ball soar, it seemed to him all circles, and he was mystified at his devotion to hacking at it, for he had never really liked the sight of a circle. They got you nowhere but back to the place where you were to begin with." Discuss ways in which Roy travels in a circle, going nowhere but coming back to where he started from. Give examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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