Native Son: Book One Quiz

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Native Son: Book One Quiz

Native Son Quiz One


Questions and Answers
  • 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. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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

  • 10. 
    The first time Bigger ever sees Mary Dalton in person is when she comes into her father's office. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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