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. Who is the General Manager of The Sonder Ditch Mine found underground?

3. How many people are gathered in the mining hall?

4. Who watches Rod leave the Steyner house?

5. When the top rock breaker goes to get explosives, who is missing from his sight?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the situation in the mining area in the opening of Chapter 1.

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

3. How does Rod attempt to repair the mine?

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

5. What does Manfred offer Rod in Chapter 8?

6. What is the plan concocted to destroy the mines?

7. How does Rod's car get vandalized?

8. Describe Teresa's reaction at the awards ceremony.

9. What do the four Bantu workers in the mine do secretly that Rod fails to notice when he walks around with Herbert.

10. Describe the assault in the mine.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Smith discusses both sexuality in detail, contrasting single and married couples in "Gold Mine." Find some examples in the book and discuss the effect of these topics on the characters of Rod and Manfred.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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