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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 Wright do to avoid saying thank you?
2. What is the name of the woman's fiance?
3. What does Mann take with him for protection?
4. What is the name of the main character in this story?
5. Who do Big Boy and Bobo try to avoid on the way home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Wright say his mother taught him in the opening section?
2. Why do Big Boy's friends not want to go to the swimming pool?
3. Describe Wright's work as a bellboy.
4. What happens to Wright when his boss tells him to deliver groceries to a white neighborhood after dark?
5. How do people in the clothing store react to the black women being beaten?
6. What happens to Mann when the Heartfield family identifies him as the killer?
7. Why does the white hospital staff laugh in this chapter?
8. What happens to a black bellboy who has sex with a white prostitute?
9. What does Big Boy think about while he waits in the hole?
10. What does Mann think about when he raises his ax to kill the family?
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
Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Wright use character and setting to express his themes?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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