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 Samson do better than Mary?

2. What is the only part of the newspaper that Mary reads?

3. What was Mary's strength and weakness?

4. Who is found murdered?

5. What time does Dick usually go to bed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How do the man's remarks at the station change Mary's perception of Dick?

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

9. What new types of farming excite Dick?

10. Describe Mary's social life.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the role of human weakness in THE GRASS IS SINGING. Be sure to address:

1) How characters show weakness and how other characters react to this weakness.

2) The role of human fallibility in the story.

3) How reading THE GRASS IS SINGING can motivate readers to be stronger and exercise more control over their lives.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining the role of social pressure, social norms, social status, and social life in THE GRASS IS SINGING. Be sure to address how these factors influence characters throughout the story with evidence from the text.

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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