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 Bam realize about his feelings for his wife in Section 7?

2. What does the chief do that surprises the Smalls?

3. Why would Maureen and Bam be left behind, even if the Americans and Europeans were airlifted out?

4. What does Bam do to rectify the situation after a villager accuses the children of something in Section 6?

5. Who cooked for the Smalls in Section 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Maureen feels about her husband after living in the village for a time.

2. Explain how Bam now feels about his wife by Section 7.

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

4. What is July’s mother’s primary objection to the white people?

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

6. Explain Maureen’s feelings about her life, prior to the riots, as reflected upon in Section 9.

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

8. Describe the birth of animals in the Smalls’ hut, and how that relates to the accusation of theft.

9. Describe the scene where Bam lays face first in the bed. What happened, and what does this signify?

10. Describe what Bam’s feeding of the children shows, in terms of his role in the household, compared to his previous life?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The car becomes a social status in the book rather quickly. Explain this social status. Where did it come from? What did it mean in their old life to the Small family? What did it represent in their escape? What does it represent to July? What does July’s use of it now represent to Maureen? To Bam? To the villagers?

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