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. From where does Mma Makutsi draw most of her income?

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

3. This novel is the ________________ in a series of novels featuring Mma Ramotswe.

4. Mr. Molefelo had told his girlfriend that he did not want a ____________________.

5. Mma Ramotswe reassures Motholeli that _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mma Ramotswe find Mma Tshenyego who was once known as Tebogo Bathopi?

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

3. What does the new client say about why she and her husband bought a flat in Gaborone?

4. What happens to Mr. Buthelezi's business?

5. How does Mma Ramotswe go about looking for Mr. and Mma Tsolamosese?

6. Why does the author insert Mr. Molefelo's character into the story?

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

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

9. What consumes Mma Ramotswe's thoughts as the novel opens?

10. What is Mma Tsolamosese's reaction to learning that Mr. Molefelo is trying to locate her after so many years?

Essay 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

Explain the ongoing conflict between Mma Ramotswe and Mr. Buthelezi. What are the main sources of the conflicts? Why does it perpetuate? Why is the conflict greater than straightforward business competition? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Mma Ramotswe's life. Will she still be running her detective agency? Will she have married Mr. Matekoni? Who will be present in her life? Where will she be living?

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