Tears of the Giraffe Short Essay - Answer Key

Alexander McCall Smith
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1. What is Tears of Giraffe centered around?

The Tears of the Giraffe is an amusing book by Alexander McCall Smith about the lives of two people who become engaged in Gaborone, Botswana.

2. Why is Matekoni anxious about his engagement?

Mma Ramotswe, the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, agrees to marry Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the proprietor of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. This is the second time he had proposed marriage to her. He does not believe his good fortune and worries she changed her mind during the night.

3. What is Matekoni's house like?

Matekoni's yard and house are untidy and full of car parts. Ramotswe looks through the house with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, apologizing for its untidiness.

4. Why does Florence get defensive with Ramotswe?

Mma Ramotswe is appalled at the condition of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's house. His maid does not do a good job of cleaning, and she does not like the way that Florence, the maid, takes advantage of him. She confronts Florence, who becomes very defensive.

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