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. Who is the proprietor of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors?

2. Who took the two orphans to Nyanyabwe Hospital?

3. What does Ramotswe think about the past?

4. What did Florence feel she did well at Maketoni's house even though Ramotswe disagreed?

5. What is the name of the maid currently working in the house who takes advantage of the owner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Andrea Curtin come to Ramostwe's agency?

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

3. Why is Matekoni happy to get Ramotswe a ring?

4. Why is Florence upset about her job?

5. What does Ramotswe's intuition tell her about Michael and the farm?

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

7. How does Ramotswe discover where Ranta lives?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. Why do you think Smith named the book Tears of the Giraffe? Now that you have read the book, how does that alter your understanding of the title? Are you intrigued to find a sequel or more mysteries with Ramotswe? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

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

How is sexuality portrayed in Tears of the Giraffe? Which characters appear overtly sexual? Which characters are sexually appealing to others and why? What sexual taboos are broken and what issues are raised in relation to sex?

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