The Grass Is Singing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Mary decide to do?

2. What symbolizes the Africa created by financiers and mine magnates?

3. How does Samson's situation change?

4. What does Samson do better than Mary?

5. What does Tony realize about "white civilization?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what is every white woman in South Africa brought up to be afraid?

2. How does Dick feel now that Mary is at the farm?

3. Describe the scenery surrounding the farm.

4. How does Marston feel about the murder? How does he feel about the way Slatter and the Sergeant talk to him?

5. How does Mary's perspective on her new life change?

6. How does Mary feel after Dick shows her around the house?

7. Describe the Turners' reputation in the community.

8. Describe Mary's attempt to return to her old job and leave Dick.

9. How does Mary change Dick's house? How does Dick feel about this?

10. How do people react to the newspaper article about the murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that describes the differences between family and factory farming. Be sure to address:

1) Pros and cons of factory farming versus small family farms.

2) Dangers and health hazards associated with either type of farm.

3) Which type of farm you would rather eat the products of and why.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the role of nature in THE GRASS IS SINGING, describing several scenes from the novel where nature plays a key role and addressing the relationship that two or more characters have with the natural world around them.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing the way Mary relates to other characters in the novel and how these interactions illustrate her character. Be sure to address:

1) How Mary relates to friends and the role she plays in a friendship.

2) How Mary relates to her husband.

3) How Mary relates to the servants and black people in general.

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