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. Why does the narrator attend some childbirths in the birthing house?

2. How does the narrator feel about her feelings for Nelson?

3. What illness overtakes the narrator after Nelson has recovered?

4. Who does the narrator go to in order to get Nelson out of Tsau?

5. Why does the narrator attempt to measure Nelson with a measuring tape?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What upsets Nelson about the growing amount of bartering with Basarwa, a nearby settlement? What items does he not like?

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 react to the arrival of Harold Mace and Julia Rodden in Tsau?

5. What shift occurs during the debate over God? Why does this happen?

6. The narrator is strongly against Nelson's trip to Tikwe. Why? What literary tool could the author be using in this section?

7. How does Nelson feel about the men in Tsau?

8. Why does the narrator leave the villager's presentation of Lamentations of Women?

9. What requests does Dineo make of the narrator in order for her to be able to take Nelson to Gaborone?

10. How does the narrator feel after Nelson is found in the desert and back in Tsau? What does this mean for their future?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The narrator faces several perils in the desert on her way to Tsau. What are they? How does the way the narrator handle those challenges speak to her character and the way she is evolving in the story? Include the way the narrator feels about her journey and her accomplishments in your answer.

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