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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. Why does July send Daniel away in Section 7?
2. What does Maureen do with the small animals born in her hut?
3. What does Maureen run for at the end of the book?
4. What does the man accuse the children of in Section 6?
5. Why is July’s mother angry in Section 6?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Section 9, what does Martha dream for the future, and how does this differ from July’s dreams?
2. Describe the scene where Bam lays face first in the bed. What happened, and what does this signify?
3. Describe what Bam’s feeding of the children shows, in terms of his role in the household, compared to his previous life?
4. Explain how Bam now feels about his wife by Section 7.
5. Why is Martha resentful toward Maureen when she asks where July has gone in Section 10?
6. Explain why Maureen drowns the kittens and what this implies about her?
7. What is missing when the Smalls arrive back at the hut in Section 9, and what does this likely mean for the family?
8. Why do you think Gina and the kids are so readily accepted, but Bam and Maureen are not?
9. What does Martha wonder most about the white woman, when she lived in town with July?
10. Why do you think Maureen runs for the helicopter at the end of the novel, leaving her family behind?
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
Compare and contrast July’s life in town with his life in his own village. What does he have in town that he doesn’t have at home? How does this change him? Which life does he prefer? How can you tell? How does his refusal to use African medicine, and his constant comments that the whites don’t need to work show his underlying resentment and humiliation for his life in his village?
Essay Topic 3
One theme of the novel is that of the complete role reversal between whites and blacks in the book, as shown through both the riots in town and the relationship between Maureen and July. Explain, in detail, this role reversal. Why does it happen, what is the result, and how does this change the world as July and Maureen know it?
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