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. When Red Blow tells Pop that Roy is a "natural" what does that indicate?

2. Who are the two friends that Roy makes with the Knights?

3. What kind of fans follow the Knights?

4. What happens to Roy after Bump gets injured and dies?

5. Where does Roy travel from when he heads to the Chicago Cubs to try out?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is significant about the white rose that Harriet carries?

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

4. What happens to Bump when Roy pitches in his place, and why?

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

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

7. When a man comes to Roy and asks him to hit a home run for his sick child, what is Roy's reaction and what does he tell the man?

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

9. Why is the train significant in Chapter One of the novel? What does it represent about Roy's life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss The Natural as a novel of magical realism. Magical realism is when a realistic novel contains issues that are stranger than life, unreal, or appearing magical. What purpose do instances of magical realism appear to serve in this novel? Give examples from the novel.

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

When Roy starts hitting for the team, his teammates wonder if he is for himself or the team. Discuss whether he is for the team or himself, or whether his allegiance changes over the course of the book. Defend your answer with passages from the book.

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