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. To what does Rosa compare the garbage that Clare disposes of from the empty apartment?

2. How does Lionel Burger die?

3. What does Greer take a picture of in the city that he tells Marisa about?

4. What do Rosa and Greer see on the side of the road on their way home from Fats' that they do not stop for?

5. How many black miners participated in the strike of 1946 in South Africa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the old-maid school teacher and what does she do to the Burgers?

2. What happens in the city on the anniversary of Lionel's death and how does Rosa react to it and why?

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

4. How does Conrad see Rosa's childhood and where does he believe it will lead her?

5. What occupation is Lionel Burger's and how does his social standing affect his views?

6. In the first section of the novel pages 9-39, many points of view are used. Whose points of view is the story told from?

7. What does Clare want Rosa to do and how does Rosa react to the request?

8. How is Rosa's life tragic as shown in the first section of the novel?

9. What does Greer offer to give Rosa, and how does she feel about it?

10. What does Rosa feel shortly before she leaves Fats' house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the theme of the novel that relates to Rosa and her destiny. She states that "Our children and our children's children". What is meant by that fragment in relation to her destiny?

Essay Topic 2

Flora arrives at the prison and knocks hard at the door the door to be let in to drop off a package for Rosa and Clare. How have things come full circle based on this scene? Explain the irony of the circle.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of Book One, what does Rosa believe about Conrad and what is the significance of this thought at this point in the novel? How does this thought change Rosa?

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