And They Didn't Die Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lauretta Ngcobo
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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. Who separates Nosizwe from the other women?

2. What happens when Siyalo comes home?

3. Who relieves the village chief from power?

4. Who is Jezile?

5. How old is Zenzile when she goes into labor?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do women in Jezile's village typically give birth?

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

3. Why does Jezile travel to Ixopo at the beginning of Chapter 8?

4. What happens while Nosizwe is isolated in her prison cell?

5. What are some of the preparations Jezile makes to ensure her baby's birth goes smoothly?

6. How do the people of the village react to the exile of Chief Siyoka?

7. How does Jezile's relationship with MaBiyela change once she becomes pregnant?

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

9. Why do the women sing hymns while in prison?

10. What are some of the hardships Siyalo, MaBiyela, and S'naye experience while Jezile is in prison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion plays a major role in the lives of Jezile and those around her. Even in the darkest of times, she turns to religion to bring her mind relief. Write an essay that explores the theme of religion within the context of the story. What makes religion an important part of the story? How often does Jezile pray and go to church? What are her opinions on religion and the role it plays in everyday life? Which religious household does she turn to while in times of dark struggle? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Writing style is very important with fiction, and And They Didn't Die is no exception. Write an essay that explores the writing style of Lauretta Ngcobo. Address various writing elements such as perspective, sentence structure, diction, and grammar in your work. Explain how these things contribute to the flow of the narrative. Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of rape is startlingly present within And They Didn't Die. Jezile is raped by Mr. Potgieter one night after she retires to her room. Women in prison are raped by guards, and Jezile's own daughter is attacked by a white soldier in Jezile's own home. Write an essay that explains the role rape plays within the context of the story. How does the act of rape impact the lives of the women who live through it? How are these women changed? What does Jezile do when she sees her own daughter being attacked? Reference the novel to support your argument.

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