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 is July’s reaction to the medication his wife gave Maureen?

2. What does Bam mean when he notes that “women are cowards”?

3. What does July bring into the hut in Section 4?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the son mean when he says “They can’t do anything. Nothing to us anymore” (pg 21).

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

9. What does July learn to do in Section 4, and who teaches him?

10. Describe the shooting of the warthog, and the resulting meal for the Smalls.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the character of Maureen at the beginning of the novel, and at the end of the novel. What are similarities? What are differences? How has she changed through the novel, and what caused her to change?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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