Men of Men 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. About how much could the green dragon be worth that the nameless man shows Zouga at their meeting?

2. On the second day of the digging frenzy, how big is the largest diamond pulled out?

3. Who is killed when a horse that he is sitting on is spooked and bolts?

4. At Jordan's luncheon, who presents Louise with a "perfect" diamond?

5. What is a giya?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zouga characterize Mungo St. John when he first shows up in Colesberg?

2. On the way to deliver the statue, Jordan entertains the notion of running away with it. Why does Jordan end up delivering the statue?

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

4. When Jordan accepts the job that is offered to him when he delivers the statue to its new owner, what is Jordan's first responsibility at his new job?

5. After the road caves in, why does Zouga send his Matabele down into the pressure crack that the water had opened?

6. When the tribal warriors first reach the diamond claim, what does Jan Cheroot have to show them?

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

8. How are edicts from the Digger's Committee enforced?

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

10. Why do the Matabele typically keep their treasures buried under the floor in their huts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

Essay Topic 2

The book is entitled, "Men of Men". Why did the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main character, and the determination of Zouga Ballantyne to finally succeed?

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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