July's People 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 did July’s wife give up for the Smalls?

2. Why is Bam really angry with July in Section 4?

3. What did July bring back with him after taking the bakke without permission?

4. What is happening politically, economically, and socially in the novel?

5. What does Royce continue to ask to do in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What types of items does July continue to bring the Smalls family, even in his village?

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

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

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

6. Explain Martha and July's mother's reaction to meeting Maureen in Section 2.

7. Describe the situation with the vehicle in Section 3.

8. Why does July object to Maureen’s use of his wife’s cough syrup?

9. In Section 2, what does July try to explain to his family about the Smalls?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maureen at one point in the novel mentions being afraid of July, not in a physical sense, but in the sense that she realizes her “consideration” for him became “humiliation” to him. What does this mean? How did Maureen’s treatment of him humiliate him now that they are in his world? What does this say about the whole of Maureen’s life previously? Why does this frighten her?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast July’s character at the beginning of the novel with his behaviors at the end of the novel. How did July change over the course of the novel, and why? What are his true feelings for Maureen? For Bam? Why did he hate his true resentment for so long? Why is his resentment so deep? Could Maureen have avoided his fury?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Maureen relates things back to one’s economic position. Choose one of these times, and explain how Maureen views the situation. Why is the topic related to economic position? What does this say about Maureen, from a social level? On a more personal level? Do you believe Maureen is accurate in her perceptions? Why or why not?

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