Mating Test | Final 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. Who is Mma Isang trying to keep from the new arch ceremony?

2. What omen does the village receive on the night the narrator moves into Nelson's home?

3. After arguing with Nelson over Hector, where does the narrator go?

4. Who pulls the villagers together to put on a performance?

5. What does Nelson's reaction to the narrator's attempts to cheer him up bring to the narrator's mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nelson react to the arrival of Harold Mace and Julia Rodden in Tsau?

2. What are some of the issues that Nelson Denoon and the narrator debate and discuss?

3. Why does the narrator become so frustrated when she has Nelson back in Gaborone? What does this frustration lead her to?

4. How does Nelson suggest to the narrator that they could stay in Tsau? Why? How does the narrator respond?

5. What happens when the narrator invites Harold and Julia to their home for dinner?

6. What new sign of trouble emerges in Tsau after the issue with the guns and the bartering have been called into question?

7. How does the narrator feel about her decision regarding whether or not to stay in Tsau?

8. What does the narrator do the first time Nelson invites her to his house? Is this unexpected?

9. What argument do Nelson and the narrator have the day after the debate? Why is this significant?

10. What weighs heavily on the narrator's mind about her and Nelson's relationship? Why?

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

The relationship between blacks and whites in Africa has changed throughout history. Research the history of the Botswana area and create a time line of facts, changes, and political movements. Explain how the history of the area is important to the racial climate in the story, the characters' actions, and how it impacts the relationships in the story.

Essay Topic 3

Nelson gets drunk with Harold, which causes both Julia and the narrator to become concerned. What does this action mean to the characters involved - Nelson, Harold, Julia, and the narrator?

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