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 the man accuse the children of in Section 6?

2. What does Bam wonder about, in terms of what July will do if the Smalls are evicted?

3. What is missing from the hut when the Smalls return home?

4. What does Maureen not realize she is helping the women collect in Section 9?

5. Who cooked for the Smalls in Section 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is missing when the Smalls arrive back at the hut in Section 9, and what does this likely mean for the family?

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

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

4. Why do you think Maureen runs for the helicopter at the end of the novel, leaving her family behind?

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

6. Why does Maureen give a final belittling speech to July, and what does she say?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In detail, explain what happened to the relationship between Bam and Maureen throughout the novel. Why did they both end up not only not caring for one another by the end of the novel, but not even understanding or even knowing one another? What happened to cause their separation?

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