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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 is the name of the man that Ralph was fighting with on the road just before it gave way?
2. What does the Matabele warrior use to pry the diamond in the pit loose?
3. How many children do Zouga and his wife have?
4. Who does Zouga send into the pit to hand up the equipment and tools?
5. What does Hendrick Naaiman consider himself to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the Matabele typically keep their treasures buried under the floor in their huts?
2. When Jordan asks Zouga why they can't just keep the sculpture, how does Zouga respond to Jordan?
3. On the way to deliver the statue, Jordan entertains the notion of running away with it. Why does Jordan end up delivering the statue?
4. Describe Hendrick Naaiman.
5. As Zouga approaches the location where he is meeting the nameless man, Zouga feels fear. Why does Zouga enjoy feeling fear?
6. When the tribal warriors first reach the diamond claim, what does Jan Cheroot have to show them?
7. Why does Ralph leave school?
8. Why does Zouga's wife insist on accompanying him to Colesberg as the story begins?
9. What is Jordan's reaction when he learns about sex from Jan Cheroot after listening to Jan and Ralph talk?
10. How does Zouga characterize Mungo St. John when he first shows up in Colesberg?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Identify the people and/or groups of people trying to gain control of the diamond claims. Compare and contrast these people and/or groups in terms of overall number, organization, overall motivation, ability to plan, and success achieved. How are they similar? How are they different? Did any one person or group actually end up controlling the claims? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.
Essay Topic 2
Wilbur Smith uses this story to examine the role that loyalty plays in our personal history, as well as in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when loyalty are distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on loyalty? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?
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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