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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 Max Mercy find out about Roy at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

3. What does Roy and Memo think they need for happiness?

4. What major item do the fans give Roy?

5. What does Roy reveal to Harriet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does The Judge write in his letter to Roy with the $35 thousand?

2. Explain the term "fair weather fan" and how the term relates to the novel.

3. What happens that frightens Roy when he and Memo go on their country drive?

4. What does Roy decide to do to change his luck and get out of the great slump he is in?

5. How does Roy feel about Iris after he meets her in person. Why does he feel this way?

6. When Roy is in Memo's motel room, and she is talking about Gus, what does say about their relationship? Explain what the true nature of that relationship is.

7. A lady in red appears to Roy, but it is not clear if it is in a dream or reality. The lady in red, whether a dream or not, points out something to the reader. What is that fact?

8. What was Roy's reaction when the young newspaper boy asked him if the headlines were true?

9. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

10. When she visits Roy in Boston, what excuse does Memo give for rejecting Roy during his earlier slump?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Age is a recurring theme in The Natural. Discuss how age enters into both the story and into the probable author's purpose. Use examples from the novel to prove your point. Include how Roy is alike/different at age fifteen and thirty-four.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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