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 was Mary's father's job?

2. What does Mary use to buy decorations for the house?

3. What did Mary and Dick not discuss before getting married?

4. Why did Mary have no desire to get married?

5. What loses a wheel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What type of store does Dick build on the farm? What does Mary think about it?

5. When and why was Mary so fortunate? How did she feel about her good fortune?

6. What did people in Lobengula's kingdom do when they commit a crime? What is the custom for talking about African history?

7. Describe the state of Dick and Mary's romantic relationship.

8. Describe Mary's background and early childhood.

9. How does Mary treat Samson?

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

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 that tells the life story of Mary Turner and describes her downward spiral into depression, insanity, and her eventual death. Be sure to address:

1) Major symbols and themes in Mary's life.

2) Mary's relationship with and attitude towards other people and the world around her.

3) The personality traits that define Mary's life and death.

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