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. What does Mattie tell Ann about what Jeff was in high school?

2. What is John Williams' occupation?

3. Which of the following does NOT describe John?

4. What can John and Dudley tell about Ann?

5. What time period serves as the setting of THE RIVER NIGER?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of THE RIVER NIGER?

2. Why does Mattie not say anything to John and Grandma about their alcohol abuse?

3. What does Mattie ask Ann to do while she and Grandma go out shopping?

4. Why have the group members brought Skeeter to Jeff's house?

5. Describe the scenario in which Al is killed and John is mortally wounded.

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

7. What does Dudley find so amazing about the poem that John reads to Ann?

8. What is John doing at the beginning of Act 2?

9. Why are the characters worried about John at the beginning of Act 3?

10. Who is finally identified as the group's snitch?

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

Three generations of black women are represented in this play. Compare and contrast Grandma, Mattie and Ann. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Dudley. 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?

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