The Angels Weep Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 do the Matabele refer to as One-Bright-Eye?

2. As the story opens, how many days have the men marched east from the ruins?

3. As Juba and Bazo talk about killing the white men, who does Bazo say that he would spare if he could spare one?

4. When Jan Cheroot is lowered into the mine shaft, what does he find in the little cave?

5. What animals are drawing the soldiers' transport carts?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the lion pounces on Jan Cheroot and his horse, how does Jan Cheroot survive?

2. Describe the scene around Cathy and Ralph's camp after the plague had passed.

3. When Bazo returns to Gandang's kraal, he hears gunfire in the distance. Why are guns being fired?

4. Why does Tanase not want to go to Ralph's camp for the night so that Ralph and Bazo can catch up?

5. Before Ralph departs, why does he warn Frank Rhodes not to send any unnecessary telegrams?

6. How does Bazo reply when the indunas ask when the "great storm" will begin?

7. Ralph is told a story about why there is smoke rising. The story is a lie. What is the real reason for the smoke?

8. According to what Bazo tells Ralph, why are some of Bazo's men not coming to work the mines as Bazo originally promised to Ralph?

9. How does Ralph feel when he first sees the man who steps suddenly from the forest?

10. Why does Victoria have to be convinced of their new honeymoon destination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the groups of people trying to gain control of the Matabeleland. Compare and contrast these groups in terms of overall number, organization, overall motivation, ability to plan, and success achieved. How are they similar? How are they different? Does any one group actually end up controlling Matabeleland? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

The book is entitled, "The Angels Weep". Why did the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main characters, and the violence portrayed in the story?

Essay Topic 3

The character of Samson Kumalo goes from a likable character to a murderous thug and is somewhat redeemed in the end. Identify the events that caused these transitions. What other choices, if any, did Samson have when confronted with these transitional situations? Was Samson's transition to his Tungata persona avoidable? Was Samson's transition to his Tungata persona his only way to survive? Provide examples from the story that support your reasoning.

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