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 Pop do when he sees Roy and Memo returning to the motel in the morning?

2. What does Roy think of Doc Knobb's help?

3. What does Max Mercy do when he sees Roy and Memo return to the motel?

4. What does Max Mercy do that is harmful to Roy?

5. Why does Max Mercy offer Roy $5000?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Memo comes to Roy's room she talks to him about money and how much it costs to start a good business. Why did she do that, and what else does she tell him?

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

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

6. How does Roy respond when the fans begin supporting him during the Knights' wins, after having rejected him all through his slump? How does his reaction change?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roy agrees to the Judge's crooked proposition to "sell out." What are his motives? Who, or what, is Hobbs selling out for? What are his reasons for selling out? Give examples from the book to defend your views.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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