Tears of the Giraffe Test | Final 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 older orphan staying at Matekoni's house?

2. Who had an affair with the South African woman that Michael shared a room with at the farm?

3. Who is Ramotswe concerned about in relation to the orphan children?

4. Who tells Ramotswe to come to the house to hear the whole story about the student and the altered exam?

5. Who found people stealing meat at his place of employment ?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ramotswe feel scared about visiting Ranta and how does Matekoni help her?

2. How did Michael die according to Dr. Ranta?

3. What does Matekoni dream about the orphan boy?

4. Why did Carla leave the farm after Michael's death?

5. How does Florence get what she deserves?

6. How does Ramotswe respond to Matekoni's desire to adopt the orphans?

7. After obtaining the information she needed, what does Ramotswe decide to do for Curtin and Ranta?

8. How does the orphan girl feel about Matekoni and his residence?

9. How does Ramotswe get Ranta to change his position on the Curtin story and talk to her?

10. Why is Makutsi upset about typing, and what does Ramotswe offer her?

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

Discuss the detecting techniques of Precious Ramotswe and Makutsi. Cover how they each approach the various detective cases they receive and whether their intuitions were correct. Who actually solves the cases and how?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Andrea Curtin. What is her role in the story? What was Smith trying to accomplish by creating Andrea's character in the novel?

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