Cry of the Kalahari Test | Final Test - Hard

Mark James Owens
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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 was Mox's initial reaction to the airplane Mark purchased?

2. In the two year span of 1977-1979, how much water fell in the Kalahari?

3. How did the Owens know that the corpse in the shed belonged to Bones?

4. Which of the following small animals did Mox inadvertently kill while collecting mice for research?

5. Where was Bones shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Mox?

2. Why did the Owens find it necessary to tag the gang of brown hyenas that lived near their camp?

3. How did Bones' death affect the way of life for the subjects of the Owens' study?

4. How do lions communicate?

5. How had the political landscape in Botswana changed during the four weeks the Owens spent visiting family in the States?

6. What interesting information did the Owens learn about scavenging by watching the feeding relationship between Star and the Pink Panther?

7. What condition was Blue in at the time when the Owens first found her?

8. How did feeding life for the lions change in the dry season of 1977?

9. How did Muffin die?

10. Who eats first in a pride of lions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most emotionally scarring incidents for Mark to witness was the wildebeest migration in 1979. First, describe Mark's initial reaction to the wildebeest migration. What did he learn about the animals through observing their migration? Then, describe the problems that arose for the wildebeest during their migration. How many died in the process of reaching water? Finally, explain what measures Mark Owens took after witnessing the migration to ensure a better habitat for this group of animals. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The Owens' research was largely dependent on grant money they received, both personal and private. Choose two of the grants the Owens were awarded during their time in the Kalahari and describe them now. What hopes did the granting organizations place in the Owens' work in the Kalahari? Then, explain what the Owens did with each of these sums of money. In your opinion, were the funds used appropriately? Why or why not? BE sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

While they were on the airplane relocating to Botswana, Mark had a very vivid and very disturbing dream. First, describe the dream that Mark had on the airplane. What was significant about this dream? What was Mark's initial reaction to the dream? Then, explain the symbolism that could be found in Mark's dream. Why was it significant that Mark had this dream before his first move to Africa? Finally, explain whether or not the dream was an omen of things to come and why. Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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