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. By what name does Roy call his personal bat?

2. Who is Max Mercy?

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

4. What happens at the carnival when the train stops there?

5. Roy consistently reaches out for love. Who does he reach out to in the slump before the game in which he pitches?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

5. Discuss the dreams of Roy and the failures he has experienced up to this point.

6. Discuss the reaction of the fans when The Judge refuses to give Roy a raise. What do they do?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Iris tells Hobbs that everyone has two lives to live. What are the two lives revealed in the novel? Illustrate your answer with examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Much of The Natural is based on mythology, particular Arthurian mythology. Choose a myth you are familiar with and compare it to The Natural. Be sure to address the idea of theme is both the myth and The Natural.

Essay Topic 3

There are several issues related to responsibility and moral integrity that Roy must face. Discuss them fully, supporting your ideas from the text.

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