A Grain of Wheat Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In "Chapter 10," what does General R. call Githua?

2. In "Chapter 10," why does the narrator say Karanja didn't think he could be overthrown?

3. In "Chapter 12," what does Mugo see in the trench?

4. What does Mugo do in "Chapter 8" when Gikonyo tells him about Mumbi?

5. Why does Mugo visit Gikonyo in "Chapter 10"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Chapter 13," what worries Mumbi about the coming celebration?

2. Why do Gikonyo and Mumbi argue in "Chapter 12"?

3. What is the independence celebration like?

4. How does Mumbi explain to Mugo about her affair with Karanja?

5. How does Gikonyo feel after talking to Mugo about his problems in "Chapter 8"?

6. What does Githua talk to Mugo about in "Chapter 8"?

7. When Mugo sees the trench in "Chapter 12," what does he think about?

8. How does Karanja feel about his life in "Chapter 14"?

9. Why does Gikonyo meet Warui in "Chapter 12"?

10. What happens when Gikonyo and Warui visit Mugo in "Chapter 12"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Karanja's role in this novel? What does he act as a force upon? What message does the author deliver through Karanja?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of religion in "A Grain of Wheat"? Especially consider the Christianity white men bring to Kenya.

Essay Topic 3

How is Thompson a hero in this novel? How is he a villain?

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