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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 mob paint Bobo with?
2. Who is going to give Big Boy and Bobo a lift out of town?
3. Which of the following do the soldiers not give Mann?
4. Which of the following subjects is Wright not allowed to talk about with his white employees?
5. What kind of animal does Big Boy see come out of the kiln?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to a black bellboy who has sex with a white prostitute?
2. How does Sarah stop her baby from crying in Chapter 14?
3. What is Johnny-Boy doing in Chapter 21?
4. What did Sue used to believe in?
5. Why does the white hospital staff laugh in this chapter?
6. How does Mann help out at the hospital?
7. Describe the confrontation between Wright and the night watchman.
8. What does Brother Bond say has happened to the Communists?
9. Describe Wright's house.
10. What happens to Mann when he gets to town?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss differences between the novel and short story formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an short story? What can Wright not express in a short story that he can in a novel? How does Wright use these limitations to his advantage?
Essay Topic 3
Look at the structure of the book.
1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?
2) Examine the way Wright uses other people in the story to express his ideas.
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