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. Where does the photograph of Maureen and Lydia end up later in Life?

2. What have the boys learned to do instead of us toilet paper?

3. Why does July's family have a difficult time understanding why he had to bring the Smalls?

4. How much time has passed since Maureen and Bam left Johannesburg?

5. What surprises July’s wife about Maureen upon first meeting her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the relationship between July’s “town woman” and July? What was the relationship between July's town woman and Maureen?

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

4. Explain what Maureen discovers as she notices various gadgets being used around the village.

5. What does Maureen realize now about how she treated July, and her assumption that he has taken the keys as one friend takes them from another?

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

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

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

9. Explain Maureen’s reaction to meeting Martha and July’s mother in Section 2.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gun is a symbolic object in the novel. What does it symbolize to Bam and Maureen? To the villagers? To July? To Daniel? To the chief? In the end what happens to it, and how does this affect Bam? How does it affect Maureen?

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

Apartheid is another primary topic in the novel, as the blacks were continuously kept down by the white minority in power. Bam and Maureen claimed to fight against this concept. Do you think they really did? Why or why not? How do their actions in the novel show they enjoyed their privileged state more than they openly admitted? How did July feel about this?

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