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The Natural

Bernard Malamud

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How old is Roy at the start of the novel?

Who is Sam Simpson?

How does Sam Simpson die?

What is in Roy's bassoon case?

How old is Roy when he joins the Knights?

Pop Fisher is meant to represent which mythological character?

Where did Roy get Wonderboy?

Memo Paris is Pop Fisher's:

How does Bump Baily die?

How much money is Roy given for his first year of play?

What is Gus Sands's nickname?

What happens immediately after Roy gets his first hit?

Who or what does Roy think Memo hits when she drives home in the dark after their date?

Whom does Roy visit during his slump to try and find out what is wrong?

Who asks Roy to hit a home run in Chicago, and why?

Who stands up in the stands to show support for Roy?

How old is Iris Lemon?

What surprising fact about Iris bothers Roy?

After deciding not to be with Iris, what does Roy begin to do?

Who pays for the banquet Memo holds for the players?

How much money does Memo think Roy needs to be able to take care of her?

Toward whom does Roy try to foul three pitches?

Who else is in on the Judge's fix?

Who strikes out Roy?

What does Roy do with his money from the fix?

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