Mating Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Norman Rush
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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 is the narrator's most unusual quality?

2. Where does the narrator lose one of the animals she is traveling with?

3. What month is the narrator traveling to Tsau?

4. What does the narrator lose when one of her animals runs off?

5. What does the narrator use to keep predators away at night in the desert?

Short Essay Questions

1. What feelings does the narrator have as a result of visiting Victoria Falls with Giles? Why?

2. What does the narrator discover through her thesis work in the African bush? Is it what she expected?

3. The narrator has conflicting feelings about Nelson Denoon after talking to him further in the squatter settlement. What are they?

4. The narrator begins to have very strange experiences in the desert. What are they, and how does she overcome it?

5. Why does the narrator position herself as cultural tour guide while in Gaborone?

6. There are disagreements as to whether or not Nelson and the narrator should be a couple. Describe the feelings on this subject in the village.

7. How does the author depict the relationship between Grace and Nelson Denoon? How does the reader know this?

8. What does Dineo question about the narrator's cover story after the narrator has been in Tsau for a few days and why?

9. What does the narrator pretend to be when she enters Tsau? Why?

10. Why does the narrator have such difficulty finding the place where Nelson Denoon is rumored to be staying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator in this story is anonymous. Why does the author approach the story this way? How does it impact the reader's view of the story? Would it change if we knew more about the narrator, like her name? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Norman Rush is a male author writing from a female point of view. How do you think this impacts the telling of the story? Is this approach unusual in literature? Why or why not? How do you think the perspective would have changed if it had been written by a woman? Be sure to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Describe what happened to Nelson in the desert. What kind of transformation has he experienced? Is this common among survivors? What does his transformation mean for his future with the narrator and the future of Tsau?

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