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 is hidden in a storage bin working its way through holes in Chapter 16?

2. Who is called in to pull out the General Manager?

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

4. When Rod visits Joseph's station, what is he doing?

5. What kind of award is mentioned that will be given out as a result of the accident to Rod in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Davy make a mistake at the mine on duty?

3. What is the secret deal that Manfred conducts on the phone?

4. How does Rod meet Teresa?

5. What makes Manfred jealous of Rod?

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

7. Describe the assault in the mine.

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

9. How does Manfred get into an accident?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Rod. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

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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