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. Who is Jeff's childhood friend who comes to the house?

2. How many children does Dudley have?

3. What does Mattie say happened to her on the subway?

4. What does Dudley remind John that is Jeff's true achievement?

5. What can John and Dudley tell about Ann?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Mattie's perspective on death and what is her only concern at the moment?

3. Who is Chips and what is his demeanor as he enters the play?

4. Why do Mo and Gail come to the house?

5. How does Grandma inadvertently upset Mattie when they are talking about John?

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

7. How does John behave when he finally arrives home?

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

9. Explain the source of John's deep regret in his life. How does Mattie respond to what he says?

10. Why does the author use the theme of black male figures in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Walker's use of language in the play. Cite examples of at least two different instances of language that is appropriate for the characters and explain why the author used them where he did.

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 Mattie. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

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