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. What language does Nelson Denoon use to deliver a speech?

2. Who leads the narrator to Nelson Denoon?

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

4. How long does the narrator plan to rest in Gaborone?

5. Where do Grace and the narrator find Nelson Denoon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does land ownership and currency work in Tsau? What observations does the narrator make?

2. How does the narrator prepare to leave for Tsau? How does she plan to travel? What risks is she taking?

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

4. 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.

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

6. What secret does the narrator learn from "Z"?

7. What happens when the narrator is summoned before the Mother Committee? What must she do to stay in Tsau?

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

9. What does the narrator take with her to Tsau? Why is this significant?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the reasons why Nelson opposes having guns in the village. Why is each significant? What does his approach to the problem say about his character?

Essay Topic 2

There are indications throughout the story that the narrator has had a poor relationship with her mother. What are some of these examples? How do you think the narrator's relationship with her mother shapes her current relationships and approach to life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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