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. What request does Mr. Molefelo ask of Mma Ramotswe?

2. Mma Makutsi's new business is based on ________________________.

3. Who tried to harm the person in #51?

4. What does the person in #51 tell Mma Ramotswe?

5. Mma Ramotswe's thoughts turn to Mma Makutsi's _________________ struggles.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difficulty that Mma Ramotswe faces now that affects both her personal and business lives?

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

3. Why does Mma Ramotswe find it necessary to create a diversion at the church service?

4. Why is the visit to the new detective agency so insulting to Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi?

5. How does Mma Makutsi arrive at the idea for her typing school?

6. How does the author show that Mma Ramotswe is deeply concerned for her foster children?

7. How does Mma Ramotswe reassure her foster daughter about her problem?

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

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

10. What is the author's purpose for the first two chapters of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Kalahari Typing School for Men is a classic story of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

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

Create a character study of Mma Makutsi. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? Give other pertinent details about Mma Makutsi.

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