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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Maureen note in Section 3 that she doesn’t want to hear a spiel on?
(a) Whether or not their politics are justified.
(b) Whether or not their old lives were a lie.
(c) Whether or not their lives are in danger.
(d) Whether or not she is a good mother.

2. How does Maureen get the keys from July in Section 4?
(a) She tells him Bam is angry.
(b) She tells him she wants to get the mats from the floor.
(c) She tells him she needs to go to town.
(d) She tells him she doesn’t trust him.

3. Where does the photograph of Maureen and Lydia end up later in Life?
(a) In a magazine.
(b) In a Life book.
(c) In a story about white supremacists.
(d) In an ad against apartheid.

4. Who used to visit Maureen in the yard with July?
(a) July’s girlfriend in town.
(b) July’s mother.
(c) July’s wife.
(d) July’s sister.

5. What does Maureen realize the people in town will see about July?
(a) His possession of the bakke.
(b) His new clothes.
(c) His new wealth.
(d) His possession of money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Maureen understand about the question she asks July in Section 5 that puts him ill at ease?

2. Why does July make Bam move the car in Section 1?

3. What does Maureen keep secret from Bam in Section 4?

4. What does Bam do to try to reconcile after his argument with Maureen in Section 3?

5. What does Bam help July build in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the blacks under the Small’s employ, including July?

2. How does Maureen get the car keys in Section 4, why, and what is July’s reaction?

3. What do Maureen and Bam argue about in Section 3?

4. What does July say that makes Maureen equally angry in Section 5?

5. What is July’s plan to tell people, when they question his driving of the bakke, and why does Bam object?

6. Describe the photograph of young Maureen and her housekeeper Lydia, and why it is important.

7. Explain where the Smalls find themselves in the opening section, and where they came from.

8. Why do you think July is so insistent that the Smalls continue to allow him and his family to work for them?

9. What does Maureen mean when she says “death is a purchase” (pg 65)?

10. Where does July explain he has been with the car in Section 4, and what is Bam’s concern?

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