The Grass Is Singing Test | Final 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 can Dick and Mary apply for to pay for school fees for a child?

2. What makes an irritating noise for Mary?

3. With what will the geraniums grow side-by-side?

4. What does Mary suggest Dick do with the tobacco next year?

5. What does Mary understand?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mary refuse to help Dick with the farm after he is well?

2. How does Mary feel about managing the farm? How does she feel about the way Dick has been managing the farm?

3. What is Mary blocking out? Is she aware of what is happening to her?

4. What type of weather does Mary like best?

5. How is Mary tragically flawed?

6. How does Mary feel about how she arrives at her fate?

7. Describe the state of Dick and Mary's marriage before Dick gets sick.

8. What does Dick have to do to make Mary love him?

9. Why does Mary want to have children? What does Dick say about it?

10. How is Dick handling Mary's return?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay detailing a plan for a successful farm in Africa. Do research on the types of crops common to Africa, conditions unique to farming on the African continent, and farming techniques that will help ensure success.

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