Men of Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Wilbur Smith
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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 ends up serving lunch to Cecil Rhodes?

2. After losing everything he has in the bet on the rough ride, who does Zouga give the soapstone sculpture to?

3. Who comes to visit Zouga to "inform" him of what wages he can pay, per the Digger's Committee?

4. Who saves Jordan from the twins as the twins are attacking Jordan and cutting off his curls?

5. How far is it from Good Hope to the diamond fields that Zouga and his family journey to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ralph challenge his father when Zouga comes off the veranda brandishing his whip?

2. How does the tribal warrior recognize Zouga when the men first meet in the desert while Zouga is searching for workers?

3. When Jordan asks Zouga why they can't just keep the sculpture, how does Zouga respond to Jordan?

4. As Zouga prepares to keep the rendezvous with the nameless man, Zouga only has his claims left to sell. Why is Zouga unwilling to sell his claims?

5. Describe what married life was like for Zouga's wife.

6. What most surprises Zouga when he first arrives in Colesberg?

7. According to the descriptions given in the book, what are a monkey and a donkey?

8. What is Jordan's reaction when he learns about sex from Jan Cheroot after listening to Jan and Ralph talk?

9. After Zouga nurses his boys back to health, he becomes increasingly anxious to begin working on his claims. Why?

10. Giving up the statue was especially painful for Jordan. What does Jordan equate the statue with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zouga Ballantyne seems to be a man who is supremely confident in his ability to come out on top. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Zouga helped by his confidence? How is Zouga hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Cecil Rhodes and King Lobengula.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. How is each character affected by their perceived self-worth - both positively and negatively?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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