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Native Son (Grades 11-12)

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Native Son

This novel would be considered a...
  1. Bildungsroman
  2. Protest piece
  3. Fictional novel
  4. Autobiography
Which choice best describes the narration in the novel?
  1. First person
  2. Third person omniscient
  3. Third person limited
  4. Second person
Which character's point of view dominates the novel?
  1. Boris A. Max
  2. Jan Erlone
  3. Mary Dalton
  4. Bigger Thomas
What limits Bigger Thomas' career choices to menial labor?
  1. His skin color
  2. His lack of education
  3. His need for money
  4. His mental abilities
What does Bigger feel is the reason for his dissatisfied life?
  1. White people
  2. His parents
  3. Black people
  4. The past
Mr. Dalton says he supports African-Americans and says he is a philanthropist. Why is this ironic?

What do Jan Erlone and Mary Dalton encounter as they try to treat Bigger as their equal?

Based on the novel, what did the author think of Communism?
  1. He felt it was rigid and unfair.
  2. He felt it brought hope for equality.
  3. He felt it gave the poor a disadvantage.
  4. He felt it favored the wealthy.
"He had done this. He had brought all this about. In all of his life these two murders were the most meaningful things that had ever happened to him."

While the murders were gruesome, why were they revolutionary for Bigger's life?

Bigger seeks to fight against racism, but do his actions really help improve the cause of African Americans? Explain.

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