Native Son: Book One Quiz

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Native Son Quiz One

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  • 1. 

    1. In Book One, we meet Bigger Thomas, a young Black man living in Chicago in the 1930’s. Explain, using textual evidence, how flight or flying is used as a metaphor for Bigger’s character thus far.

  • 2. 

    How does Wright portray the Dalton family (Mr. and Mrs. Dalton and Mary) as unusual to Bigger? In what ways do their actions towards Bigger make him uncomfortable? Are they genuine in their kindness towards him? Explain.

  • 3. 

    What disabling condition does Mrs. Dalton have?

  • 4. 

    What seems to always be watching Bigger at the Dalton home?

  • 5. 

    Bigger equates his initial experiences with Jan and Mary in the car and at the restaurant with being in “No Man’s Land, the ground that separated the white world from the black that he stood upon…He felt naked.” What about his interactions with Jan and Mary give him this uncomfortable sensation? Explain.

  • 6. 

    Does Bigger make any key mistakes while figuring out how to deal/plan a backstory with the aftermath of Mary’s death? Explain.

  • 7. 

    Type response below

  • 8. 

    Bigger looks up to the white people and wishes to be white himself.

    • A.


    • B.


    Correct Answer
    B. False
    The given statement suggests that Bigger looks up to white people and wants to be white himself. However, the correct answer is False. This means that Bigger does not have this desire or admiration for white people. The explanation for this answer could be that Bigger, the protagonist of the story, struggles with his identity and the racism he faces in society. He does not aspire to be white but instead grapples with his own sense of self and the racial dynamics that shape his life.

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  • 9. 

    What is the setting of Native Son?

    • A.

      Chicago, primarily the South Side, late 1930s

    • B.

      Chicago, primarily the South Side, late 1920s

    • C.

      Chicago, in the Ghetto, 1940s

    • D.

      Chicago, situated between upper and lower class neighborhoods, 1920s

    Correct Answer
    A. Chicago, primarily the South Side, late 1930s
    The correct answer is Chicago, primarily the South Side, late 1930s. This can be inferred from the information given in the question. The setting of the novel Native Son is Chicago, specifically the South Side, during the late 1930s.

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  • 10. 

    The first time Bigger ever sees Mary Dalton in person is when she comes into her father's office. 

    • A.


    • B.


    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Bigger sees Mary Dalton for the first time when she enters her father's office. This suggests that Bigger had never met or seen Mary before this encounter. Therefore, the statement "The first time Bigger ever sees Mary Dalton in person is when she comes into her father's office" is true.

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