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. By Section 8, who has joined the forces from Africa?

2. What does Maureen understand in Section 10 during their argument, although July speaks in his own language?

3. What does Maureen think the blacks would say about July’s actions in saving the Smalls?

4. How does July feel about Maureen working with the women of his village in Section 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the gumba-gumba, and the resulting party atmosphere.

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

7. Why is Maureen surprised when July mentions he wants things to go back?

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

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

10. Where has Daniel gone in Section 10, and what does this mean for Maureen and her family?

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

Maureen at one point in the novel mentions being afraid of July, not in a physical sense, but in the sense that she realizes her “consideration” for him became “humiliation” to him. What does this mean? How did Maureen’s treatment of him humiliate him now that they are in his world? What does this say about the whole of Maureen’s life previously? Why does this frighten her?

Essay Topic 3

The children in the novel regress throughout the book, and by the end, they are having difficulty even reading. Describe at least three moments in the book where one of the children “loses” their privileged behaviors and instead substitutes behaviors they are learning from the village children. What does this indicate about their ability to adapt, as opposed to their parents’ ability?

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