A Girl Named Disaster Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nancy Farmer
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chipo say the spirit demands in payment?

2. What does a baby baboon do that makes Nhamo feel comforted?

3. What does Nhamo do with the fish she catches?

4. To what kind of tree does Nhamo tie her boat when she gets to the big island?

5. In a dream, what does Crocodile Guts remind Nhamo to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rosa try to help Nhamo?

2. What makes Nhamo upset as the family is travelling to the trading post, and how is this resolved?

3. What does Nhamo do in the forest when she is supposed to be collecting firewood?

4. What does Nhamo do when she finds all the food on the big island?

5. What does Dr. Masuku say when Nhamo moves in with her father's family?

6. How does Nhamo decide to avoid landmines as she continues her journey to Zimbabwe?

7. What does Nhamo do for Masvita when she can't sleep?

8. What happens when Nhamo's food rations run out?

9. What does Nhamo decide to hunt, and why?

10. What happens when Nhamo is seen by the white family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many characters in this book are forced to sacrifice much to obtain their goals. Who are some of these characters, and how do their sacrifices affect the other characters around them? Are these sacrifices worth the reward? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of different settings in this book. Describe some of these settings. Why might Nancy Farmer have chosen these settings for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 3

Fear is a major motivating factor for a number of characters in this book. Which characters are most affected by this, and what are some of the different ways this fear is manifested?

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