And They Didn't Die Test | Mid-Book 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. Does Jezile realize the circumstances she left S'naye in when she was sent to prison?

2. How young is S'naye when Jezile is arrested?

3. Why does Jezile feel great shame?

4. What is wrong with Zenzile?

5. Why does Jezile decide to see her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conditions of Jezile and Siyalo's first night in Durban.

2. Describe Nosizwe.

3. Why is Nosizwe separated from the other women while in prison?

4. Who does S'naye look like when she is a baby?

5. Describe Mthebe.

6. What signals Jezile that she might be pregnant while in prison?

7. What are Zenzile's feelings about pregnancy?

8. How does Jezile feel when she realizes she is pregnant?

9. What are the officials of BAD like?

10. How do Jezile and the other women feel about passes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the things Jezile values most is family. The story opens with Jezile desperate for a child. She gets pregnant only when she takes the initiative to visit her husband in Durban. Write an essay that explains why family is so important to Jezile. Why is she so adamant to become pregnant at the beginning of the story? What does having a family mean to her? Does she ever regret the hardships and sacrifices she endures in order to provide for her children? Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 2

Sex and sexuality are important to the characters of And They Didn't Die. Though Jezile is not a particularly vain woman, one gets the impression she is beautiful and sexually virile in her youth. Write an essay that explores the themes of sex and sexuality within the context of the story. Why is sex important to Jezile? How does she feel when it comes to her sexuality? Is she comfortable? Does she enjoy the private moments she has with her husband when they try to become pregnant at the beginning of the story? Does he make her feel beautiful? Be sure to provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 3

Jezile has a few friends which she relies on for companionship and support. One of these friends is a woman named Zenzile who dies early on in the story. Write an essay that explores the theme of friendship within the context of the narrative. Who are Jezile's closest friends? What do these women do for a living? Do they have families? Why are friends important to Jezile? In which cases does she rely on them for help and support? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the book.

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