Tears of the Giraffe Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alexander McCall 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. To whom does Ramotswe dictate letters?

2. Who is the German that establishes a cooperative in Africa?

3. What kind of building does the secretary at the detective agency wish she worked in?

4. What tribe do the children that come to Maketoni's house belong to?

5. What does Ramotswe think about the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Florence want the help of a male friend to help her with her job?

2. When Ramotswe goes to the farm with Potsane, what does she discover?

3. What does Matekoni realize about the orphan children and his home?

4. How does Potokwane convince Maketoni to adopt two orphans as a wedding present?

5. What does Maketoni think about his two apprentices at the garage?

6. What is Matekoni surprised to learn about his engagement when he goes to the orphan farm?

7. How did Andrea try to learn about her son's whereabouts prior to her husband's death?

8. Why is Florence upset about her job?

9. How does Maketoni end up at the farm where the orphans are?

10. Why is Matekoni anxious about his engagement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for the novel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Smith choose to use these places in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for the novel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Smith choose to use these places in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Makutsi and Badule are two intriguing characters employed at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Makutsi had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Badule had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why?

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