Burger's Daughter 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. Who sends the two letters to Rosa on the anniversary of her father's death?

2. How does Rosa see the boat-builders: the friends of Conrad's?

3. What does Rosa consider a sickness?

4. Why is the group knocking at the prison door in the opening pages of the novel?

5. How does Lionel Burger die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Rosa's life different than her cousin who carries her name?

2. What is the relationship between Conrad and Rosa from the time they met to the end of the first section of the book?

3. What happens to the man on the bench in the public square and what do the onlookers do?

4. From pages 62-70, how does Rosa view herself? What does she know about herself that she wishes she could change but won't?

5. At the beginning of the novel, how is Rosa's age crucial to the intensity of the story?

6. Why do Rosa and Tony go stay with the Nels and for how long?

7. What recollections does Rosa have and why is she thinking about the past in after her visit to the Terblanche's home?

8. What is the relationship between Noel and Rosa? How long does it last? How does it end?

9. What information does Rosa give the journalist concerning her parents?

10. What is life like at the Nel's hotel for Rosa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What occurs at the massacre of June 16, 1976, and how is this event a turning point in the fight is South Africa against Apartheid? What fundamental changes stem from the massacre?

Essay Topic 2

Rosa says that it is difficult to live in a country that still has heroes. What does she mean by that, and how does it affect her decision to return home?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Rosa to Greer. What are each of the strengths and weaknesses in regards to the fight against apartheid? How does Greer's involvement differ from Rosa? Do they both have the same goals?

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