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 object does Bam not keep in his home?

2. How does Maureen get the keys from July in Section 4?

3. What does Maureen see when she steps out for a rain shower in Section 3?

4. Why does Maureen want to keep the small warthog?

5. Who takes the bakke in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe what Bam and July are able to make for the village.

4. Why is July so humiliated that Maureen doesn’t like him having the car keys?

5. What does Martha mean in Section 2 when she says she was surprised at the way Maureen looked?

6. What does Maureen mean when she thinks that the balance between love and duty is maintained differently based on the lovers’ place in the economy?

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

8. What does the author mean by “a contempt and humiliation that came from their blood and his” (pg 62)?

9. What is happening in South Africa at the time of the novel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The children in the novel regress throughout the book, and by the end, they are having difficulty even reading. Describe at least three moments in the book where one of the children “loses” their privileged behaviors and instead substitutes behaviors they are learning from the village children. What does this indicate about their ability to adapt, as opposed to their parents’ ability?

Essay Topic 2

Explain, in detail, why July resents the Smalls, despite their employment of him for so many years. Be sure to include information and details as explained by July in the book.

Essay Topic 3

The photograph of Maureen and Lydia is a focal point for Maureen in the novel. Explain what that photograph would mean in apartheid South Africa. Why was this so important for Maureen as an adult? What did the photograph imply, to her, as she noted her ignorance? Do you think she has changed? How?

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