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. What does the office environment mentioned in Chapter 11 resemble?

2. What is Rod offered in exchange for his loyalty by the host?

3. How many people wait in a room behind one-way glass?

4. Where are Teresa and Rod left alone in Chapter 33?

5. Who is one of the finest drill operators in the mining industry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dan rescue Terry?

2. How does Allen guide the foreman?

3. Why does Teresa change clothes?

4. What does the Detective Inspector want Rod's help with?

5. What happens when King cuts the dinghy free?

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

7. How is Dan pleasantly surprised by his evening out with Rod?

8. Why is Hurry angry at Rod and what does he do about it?

9. Describe Johnny and Constantine's altercation at the hotel where he goes dancing.

10. Why does Manfred need Teresa's help?

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

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

Smith employs simple, minimalist, highly controlled, meticulous yet effective language contrasted with complex language at times to convey powerful imagery and ideas. Both styles employ powerful symbolism. Choose an example of symbolism, briefly describe it, and identify the technique which it embodies.

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