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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 is the name of the family the soldiers ask Mann to save?

2. What does Mann ask Bob to sell?

3. Where does Brinkley have to ferry people away from?

4. Who is the main character in this chapter?

5. Who is the first person Big Boys tells about what happened?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the white hospital staff laugh in this chapter?

2. What does Wright say his mother taught him in the opening section?

3. Why does Silas enter the room in a good mood in this chapter?

4. What conflict does Sue have in Chapter 25?

5. What does Brother Bond say has happened to the Communists?

6. How does Sarah know Tom?

7. Why do Wright's co-workers at the optical factory not like him?

8. What happens to Mann when the Heartfield family identifies him as the killer?

9. What do the white men do to Taylor while he lies in the car?

10. What does Big Boy think about while he waits in the hole?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the differences between the Jim Crow system and slavery.

1) What were the differences between the Jim Crow system and slavery?

2) In what way does Wright present the Jim Crow system as hypocritical and no better than slavery?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Pick a character from the novel and discuss his goals and motives. Does he achieve his motives? Does he share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do his goals clash with other characters? How do the characters goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

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