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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 explains what happened at the orphans' farm and how he had no alternative but to take the children?
2. What role does Matekoni play for the orphans?
3. What does Florence ask the person she met at a take-out restaurant to get for her?
4. What does the article about sleeping problems say about fat people and sleep?
5. Who is the South African woman that Michael shared a room with at the farm?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ramotswe upset about the newspaper article on sleep?
2. Why did Carla leave the farm after Michael's death?
3. Why is Makutsi upset about typing, and what does Ramotswe offer her?
4. After obtaining the information she needed, what does Ramotswe decide to do for Curtin and Ranta?
5. Why is Ramotswe curious about the orphan children when she comes out of the post office?
6. How does the orphan girl feel about Matekoni and his residence?
7. Why does Ramotswe feel scared about visiting Ranta and how does Matekoni help her?
8. What does Matekoni dream about the orphan boy?
9. Why is it awkward when Matekoni tells Ramotswe about the children, and what does he fear?
10. After Ramotswe reads the report, how does she decide to deliver the truth to Badule?
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
Smith uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the book. Then cite an example to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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