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Native Son Teaching Unit

Native Son Teaching Unit

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  • Briefly describe how Bigger kills the rat. In what ways does the rat’s death mirror Bigger’s final fate?
  • What are Bigger’s choices in life? What are his dreams?
  • Why does Bigger pick a fight with Gus?
  • Support or refute the following statement: Mrs. Dalton is both physically and politically blind.
  • In the following quotation, what do Mrs. Dalton and Mrs. Thomas want from Bigger? “…his mother wanted him to do the things she wanted him to do, and he felt thatMrs. Dalton wanted him to do the things she felt that he should have wanted to do.”
  • What does Mary do to make Bigger hate her? Why does he kill her?
  • Define parallelism. Find an example in the story.
  • What evidence is there that Bigger is an intelligent young man, far more intelligent than anyone gives him credit for?
  • In what ways is Bigger’s life similar to Richard Wright’s life? What does Wright himself say about his inspiration for the character?
  • Support or refute the following statement: Bigger is angry at both blacks and whites.
  • What is ironic about Bigger’s plan to use the world’ s fear of communism to help frame Jan for Mary’s disappearance?

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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.

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