Gold Mine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Wilbur Smith
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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 does Rod pull out of the stopes while he does his investigation?

2. Whose death does Rod acknowledge at the mining meeting?

3. What part of the house that Rod visits is spectacular?

4. Where does Dan want Rod to go to help with an assault case?

5. What does Rod's host share with him in Chapter 7 about himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Teresa change clothes?

2. What excites Manfred about the report he receives about drilling?

3. What is Manfred's week of triumphs entail in Europe?

4. Why does Rod take the Mary Anne?

5. What does Manfred offer Rod in Chapter 8?

6. What happens when the machine boy stumbles and water spurts out in the mine?

7. Describe Joseph M'Kati.

8. How does Rod attempt to repair the mine?

9. How do men die in the mine from Davy's mistake?

10. Why does Manfred throw up?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for this novel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. How do these settings even if imaginary, reflect modern settings or culture? Why did the author choose to use these places in "Gold Mine"?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Smith's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

"Gold Mine" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

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