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 the nickname given to one of the richest and most influential men in Africa by the man who built his office?

2. What is already crowded with emergency personnel?

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

4. Who has been bitten by a stink bug?

5. In what city does one of the richest and most influential men in Africa live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the drill cuts into a fissure?

2. Why does Manfred lose at gambling?

3. What makes Manfred jealous of Rod?

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

5. Why does Terry go to the safe and what happens to her?

6. What does Hurry tell King's family?

7. What does Manfred do that makes the fat man apoplectic?

8. Why does Manfred throw up?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a character that Rod grows to like and become familiar with. How does their relationship evolve?

Essay Topic 2

The role of women in "Gold Mine" takes on very different forms. For example, Teresa, Manfred's wife is quite different from Joy or Hettie. Describe.

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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