Mating Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Martin Wade?

2. What job is the narrator offered at a party in Gaborone?

3. What do we learn about Nelson Denoon from the narrators flash-forward as she enters Tsau?

4. What activity do the narrator and Nelson do together around the village?

5. Who is building a village from the ground up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is "Z" and what relationship does the narrator share with him?

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

3. Nelson leaves Tsau on retreat for four days. Why doesn't he tell the narrator why or where he is going? How does the narrator react?

4. What does the reader learn about the narrator in Chapter 1? What characteristics does she display?

5. 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.

6. Describe the narrator's reaction to meeting Nelson Denoon. How is he different from her expectations?

7. What happens between the narrator and Nelson Denoon when she first finds the place he is staying?

8. Why does the narrator stick to the story she created when she first entered Tsau?

9. What does the sandstorm at the end of the American diplomat's party represent?

10. What does "intellectual love" mean in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator convinces Nelson to let her use his gun to shoot vervets. This is significant because Nelson dislikes guns and does not want them in the village. Why does he feel that way? What interaction does the narrator have while out with the gun? How does this speak to Nelson's feelings?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the exchange between Dineo and the narrator that ends in the bathhouse. What message is Dineo trying to send the narrator through her conversation and her actions?

Essay Topic 3

Tsau is a complicated social experiment unlike any other in Africa at the time. From what we've learned in the book, describe the advantages and downfalls of such an experiment. Based on the political and social environment in Africa during the setting of this story, does an experiment such as this seem feasible?

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