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. How does Roy feel about The Judge wanting to push Pop out of his job?

3. Why does Bump Bailey get away with ridiculing both the coach and anyone else who crosses him?

4. What happens to Pop due to Doc's influence?

5. Why does "The Whammer" reject Roy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Memo's reaction to Roy and how is changed over the course of this chapter (Chapter 4).

2. What event happens to cause Roy to get out of his slump (more than hitting a home run).

3. Why does Roy understand Pop's feelings so well about losing the game for his team? Compare his and Pop's experiences with failure.

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

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

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

7. When Roy goes to see a fortune teller when he is in his big slump, she tells him he will meet a beautiful brunette. What is Roy's reaction?

8. What does Iris tell Roy when he says his life has been a series of disappointments?

9. Discuss the irony that Malamud uses in naming the characters Goodwill Banner and Max Mercy.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a tremendous amount of symbolism in Malamud's novel. Discuss two forms of symbolism and show how they develop the theme over the course of the novel. Answer the question of why Malamud might have chosen that symbol over other possible ones and whether he was effective in developing the theme. Give examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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