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 have the last few months made Mary feel?

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

3. What word best describes Dick Turner's financial situation?

4. What was Mary afraid of above all else?

5. What pictures does Dick have on his wall?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Turners' reputation in the community.

2. Describe the stores in South Africa and their symbolism.

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

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

5. How does Charlie feel about his assistant, Marston?

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

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

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

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

10. What were the two happy times during Mary's childhood?

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 Mary's relationship with Dick. Be sure to address:

1) The key failings of Dick and Mary's marriage.

2) The personality type with whom Mary would be a good match.

3) How Dick influences Mary's character, and vice versa.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay providing the historical context for THE GRASS IS SINGING by Doris Lessing. Be sure to address:

1) Evidence from the text that provides the time setting for the novel.

2) Major historical events of the novel's time period.

3) How the attitudes and ideals of white culture, especially in regards to other races, have changed since the time period of the novel.

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