July's People Test | Final 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 does Maureen suggest in Section 9 that they need to do to save July?

2. By the end of Section 7, how does Maureen feel about Bam, after this journey?

3. Who is the first man the Smalls meet on their way to the chief?

4. What is Bam sure will happen with the chief?

5. What term does July use that frustrates the Small family?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Maureen’s point about the smell of her family.

2. Explain why the chief wants to learn to use a gun.

3. What does the author mean when she says Victor is angry “with a white man’s anger, too big for him”?

4. What does Bam mean when he says July is “shrewdy”?

5. Explain why Maureen drowns the kittens and what this implies about her?

6. In Section 9, what does Martha dream for the future, and how does this differ from July’s dreams?

7. Why do you think Gina and the kids are so readily accepted, but Bam and Maureen are not?

8. After more conversation in Chapter 6, what does Martha reveal she was really concerned with?

9. What does Martha wonder most about the white woman, when she lived in town with July?

10. What does Bam try to explain about why the chief shouldn’t kill his own people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book, the chief is willing to kill other blacks in order to save his own lands and power. Describe this concept. Why would the chief be willing to kill “his own people” in the words of the Smalls? What does July explain that shows blacks are not all in collusion with one another? How does the chief see other blacks if they threaten his power? Does the Smalls’ belief that they should band together show support or a lack of understanding? Why?

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

The novel has a rather ambiguous ending, with Maureen running toward the helicopter, not knowing which side it represents. Explain, in detail, what this means for Maureen. Why is she running, without her family, without knowing what the end result will be? What does this say about her state of mind and her ability to continue coping outside of her comfort zone?

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