The Angels Weep Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Wilbur 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 dis the meaning of the praise name that the Matabele have given to Zouga Ballantyne?

2. As Ralph heads to Johannesburg, what does he leave behind for Cathy?

3. What is the name of the estate where Zouga lives?

4. Juba calls four stars in the night sky, Manatassi's Sons. What does Robyn call the same constellation?

5. As he's trying to get out of going down in the mine shaft, what does Jan Cheroot claim to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ralph think to himself when Zouga's rifle shot does not find its target, but goes low and left?

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

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

4. According to Hammond, what is the first objective in course of action that has been decided on?

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

6. When Ralph returns to the mines and first sees Victoria, Harry confides to Ralph that Harry is amazed by Victoria. Why?

7. When Ralph returns home to find his wife upset by Cecil Rhodes, what does Cathy complain that Cecil Rhodes has taken over?

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

9. Why does Wankie want a wagon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is no doubt that Roland is greatly affected by the plane crash and violent repeated rape of his wife. Discuss how these actions affect Roland's decisions while pursuing the terrorists. How does Janine's experience affect Roland's mental state, his ability to reason and make sound decisions, and his ability to continue on?

Essay Topic 2

Wilbur Smith uses this story to examine revenge and the disastrous and horrific consequences that can result when one is driven by revenge. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when revenge is a primary motive? What did you learn from the author's discussion on revenge? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Craig Mellow and Samson Kumalo.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

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