The Kalahari Typing School for Men 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. To where has Mma Ramotswe moved her business?

2. What does Mma think would be a profitable business?

3. Who is the owner of the new business across town?

4. What was the last name of the family with whom Mr. Molefelo lived?

5. The young garage apprentice asks Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe, and Mr. Matekoni to _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mr. Buthelezi. Why is he such a negative presence?

2. What does Mma Ramotswe tell Mr. Molefelo about how Tebogo now views her experience with him years ago?

3. Why is Mma Tsolamosese still raising children in her advanced years?

4. What are the two sources of conflict that will run throughout the novel?

5. What does Mma Ramotswe know about Mr. Selelipeng that Mma Makutsi does not know when they see each other out at a diner?

6. What is the premise of The Kalahari Typing School For Men?

7. Why does the typewriter school seem to be a win-win situation for Mma Makutsi?

8. What does Mr. Molefelo tell Mma Ramotswe about his life in Gaborone as a student living with the Tsolamoseses?

9. With whom does Mma Makutsi go on a date? What does she learn about him?

10. How does Mma Makutsi obtain the typewriters necessary for her typing school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in Botswana in the early 21st century, the time period of women in this novel. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that their mothers did not have?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of the atypical family in The Kalahari Typing School for Men. What does it mean that Mma Ramotswe has foster children and that Mr. Matekoni acts as a father figure? How does this unusual family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family mentality to most Botswanan families living during this time period?

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