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 chief want Bam to do to help him?

2. What is Victor forgetting how to do by Section 9?

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

4. What has the government told the chief will happen with the Cubans and Russians?

5. Who does Maureen hear as she runs through the jungle at the end of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is July’s feeling about Maureen working in the fields, and why?

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

7. Explain the function of the black man the Smalls meet before the chief.

8. Explain how July sees his chief.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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