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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 the colonel promise to pay Mann back for?
2. Who is going to give Big Boy and Bobo a lift out of town?
3. Who is the first member of the Heartfield family to recognize Mann?
4. What is the name of the main character in this story?
5. Who does the stolen boat belong to?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Big Boy and his friends doing in this chapter?
2. How does Mann die?
3. How does this chapter show the four teenage boys as innocent?
4. Why do Big Boy's friends not want to go to the swimming pool?
5. Why does the white hospital staff laugh in this chapter?
6. How do Wright's co-workers at the factory contrive to get rid of him?
7. What violence does Wright witness in the clothing store?
8. Describe the confrontation between the boys and the couple in Chapter 5.
9. What does Mann think about when he raises his ax to kill the family?
10. What happens to Mann when he gets to town?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Was the police's attitude toward black people largely responsible for white society's treatment of black people in general? What laws did black people have to obey in the South in comparison to whites? How has the relationship between the police and black people caused major problems in America in recent times?
Essay Topic 2
Examine violence in the novel.
1) What are differences in the stories between how black people are violent and how white people are violent?
2) In what way does the violence play an important part in getting Wright's view across?
3) How do the students think the public reacted to the novel's violence when it was first published? How would the public react to such a book today?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the values of early 20th century America
1) How did the whites view blacks in the early 20th century?
2) What significant changes do you think occurred during this period that changed the way whites viewed blacks?
3) Does today's society share any values with early 20th century America?
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