Gold Mine Test | Final Test - Hard

Wilbur Smith
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who arrives just before Rod leaves to work on the circuit?

2. How much money has Manfred lost in the stock market?

3. What does Manfred look over that Andrew gave him in Chapter 42?

4. What is Rod taken on his way to the surface after his injury?

5. The run on what mining area begins in Chapter 61?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Travel through mining areas appears throughout "Gold Mine". Who travels? Who stays behind? In what ways are characters motivated by their ability to travel? What is their effect on other characters and their lives? Do these characters change over time? Why or why not? Describe.

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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