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. How often is a trip made by car to the station?

2. What does Mary take for granted about Samson?

3. Where did Mary live while she was single?

4. Who is found murdered?

5. What type of shorts does Dick wear?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dick usually do when he fights with Mary?

2. What spoiled Mary's happiness with her single life?

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

4. What does Mary think influenced her decision to get married?

5. How does Mary feel as she and Dick pull up to the farm?

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

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

8. Describe Mary's social life.

9. Describe Mary's background and early childhood.

10. How does Mary's financial situation change after getting married?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that discusses how the novel demonstrates the weakness of white rule in Africa. Be sure to address:

1) The dependence of whites on black labor.

2) The hypocrisy of white rule.

3) Moral arguments used in the novel, with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on isolation and the effects it can have on the human psyche. Be sure to address:

1) The effect of isolation on Mary Turner.

2) Real-life examples of humans struggling against isolation.

3) The psychological effects of isolation with research.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay explaining the main symbols used in the novel, the role they play in the story, and what these symbols represent. Examples include nature, the sun, marriage, the farm, stores, and so on.

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