The River Niger Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joseph A. Walker
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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. In what month does the play open?

2. What do Jeff and Ann do after Jeff comes home?

3. What can John and Dudley tell about Ann?

4. What does Dudley offer to give Mattie?

5. What is Ann's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Dudley and John differ on engaging in the trials of black people in America?

2. What is revealed about what was heard on the phone lines in the plan to catch the informant?

3. What does Mattie tell Ann about what John gave up in order to support her family?

4. What happens when Mo derides Jeff's dream of fighting for Black rights via the legal system?

5. What can John and Dudley tell about Ann after speaking with her for a short while?

6. Who is Ann Vanderguild?

7. Who is Dr. Dudley Stanton and how is he introduced into the play?

8. What story does John create for the others to explain to the police?

9. Who is John Williams and what is his demeanor as he enters the play?

10. What happens to Skeeter as Jeff and Al talk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author gives stage direction for the music of a bass to punctuate different events during the play. The music then takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of John. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

The setting of the book is Harlem in New York City in America during recessionary times. Explain how this affected people in America overall. Then drill down to explain how people in Harlem were affected. What impact did financial situations have on the lives and outlooks of the characters?

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