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. What happens to Zenzile's unborn child?

2. Are the women at the protest violent?

3. What do the women get together to create?

4. Where does Zenzile plan to have her baby?

5. Why is Siyalo forced out the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the officials of BAD like?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe MaBiyela.

8. Why does Jezile feel jealous of Siyalo at the end of Chapter 7?

9. Why can Jezile only see Siyalo for a few days out of the year?

10. How does Jezile feel when she returns home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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