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. What is Matekoni's garage called?

2. What did the woman in the story Matekoni learns about two orphans die of?

3. Who tells Matekoni that he needs to buy a ring?

4. Where is Matekoni when he thinks about the behavior of his apprentices?

5. Where does the proprietor of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors go to meet his/her fiance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Matekoni and Ramotswe discuss about the ring and secrets in town?

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

3. What decision does Matekoni make that amazes the maid?

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

5. What is the story behind the arrival of the two orphans to the farm?

6. What is Tears of Giraffe centered around?

7. How is Tsbago described in Chapter 6?

8. What decision does Matekoni make without consulting his fiance?

9. Why is Matekoni anxious about his engagement?

10. How did the Curtins learn their son was missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Smith uses more than one iteration on the theme of betrayal. Identify at least two themes about betrayal in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

Both Matekoni and Ramotswe are important characters that influence the story line and the actions of other characters in the novel.

Part 1) Compare Matekoni to Ramotswe. How are these two characters similar and how are they different?

Part 2) What psychological purpose or insight does Matekoni offer? Elaborate on this.

Part 3) Matekoni offers to examine the past of the murder suspects. What is implied in this decision and how does it reveal that the murder motive is connected to the past of the murderer and not the present circumstances alone?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Ramotswe's motivation and reasons for paying close attention to the letters. What do they reveal about the suspects?

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