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Gold Mine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Wilbur Smith
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who designed the office environment for one of the richest and most influential men in Africa?



2. Who summons Rod to come to his house after the death of the general manager?



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



4. Where does the person who invited Manfred to gamble stay?



5. What does Manfred lose at?



Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Joseph M'Kati.



2. Where is Frank Lemmler during the blast at the mine?



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



4. Why does Hurry hate the office he works in?



5. What makes Manfred jealous of Rod?



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



7. Why does Manfred need Teresa's help?



8. Describe Rod's meeting with Herbert about the leak.



9. Describe Rod and Joseph's interaction in Chapter 21.



10. Why does Frank die in Chapter 6?



Essay Topics

Power in society is a prevailing theme of "Gold Mine". Smith frequently refers to this theme, painting the picture of two worlds that are struggling for power and survival. How does power relate to having gold or wealth? Which characters appear honest and which appear corrupt and why? Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Smith describes? Explain.

What is the significance of the title "Gold Mine"? How does this relate to the protagonist Rod and in particular to the main theme of the book? What did the author mean by calling the book "Gold Mine"? Cite an example to support your answer.

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.

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