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. When Rod's visitor leaves, he falls and hits what part of his body on a desk?

2. What will Rod receive as a result of his new job position?

3. How much Rand does Manfred owe in his gambling debt?

4. What does Manfred lose at?

5. Who does Hurry want for the position of General Manager?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rod meet Teresa?

2. What does Hurry tell King's family?

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

4. Why is Melanie's mother angry at Rod?

5. Why does Big King feel defeated about the murder and theft?

6. What does Kowalski admit to doing and what does Rod do in response?

7. How does Manfred get into an accident?

8. Why does Frank die in Chapter 6?

9. How does Dan rescue Terry?

10. Describe what happens to Rod and Terry after he gets promoted.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Greed is a theme Smith introduces in "Gold Mine". What does this phrase mean? How does it relate to mining and wealth? What does Smith ultimately say about the desire for wealth through the characters of Rod, Manfred, Hirschfield, and Kowalski and what is the importance of this discovery and the characters' role? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

There are many different cultures in "Gold Mine" related to the different kinds of characters and the different settings. Which aspects appear invented and which characters seem modeled or inspired by real people in Smith's life? Do some research and discuss.

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