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 is Rosa Burger going to visit on the day that she first goes to the prison?

2. What are the colors of Rosa Burger's uniform?

3. With what were the two hotel rooms where Rosa stayed filled?

4. Of what does Rosa's mother die?

5. How does Rosa's brother die?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What politics are the Burgers involved in and what is their stand on the issue?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the argument that the men have at Fats' home concerning black athletes?

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

9. What does Rosa recollect after the death of the man in the public square concerning her parents, Tony and Conrad?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the beating of the donkey? What does it symbolize for Rosa, and why can't she react to the incident the way that she wants to?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Gordimer's point in including Didier in the novel? How does he contrast to Rosa? How is his character a foil character?

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