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. Why does Maureen not enter July’s hut?

2. Why does July’s family have difficulty understanding why the Smalls wouldn't just fly overseas?

3. What did Maureen’s father do for a living?

4. What does Maureen realize the people in town will see about July?

5. What does Maureen note in Section 3 that she doesn’t want to hear a spiel on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the bakke, and its use in the Smalls family, both previously and currently.

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

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

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

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

7. What does Victor’s anger at the “stealing” of “their” water show?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

July plays up his power role in his home community, telling the Smalls he is listened to in his village and that he is powerful. However, Maureen accuses him of attempting to use them, and their belongings, to further his power. Why would July need the Smalls, or their things, to improve standing in his community, and what does this imply about July as a person?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

July’s mother is a powerful female figure in his life. At the same time, however, she is being forced to do as July says. How does her role as a woman in the novel differ from the role of Maureen as a woman? Both are mothers and strong women. How do their differences show the differences in cultures, and how do their similarities show similarity in culture?

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