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 type of letter does Mma Makutsi write in Chapter 6?

2. Who was Mr. Molefelo's girlfriend when he was a student?

3. Whom does Mma Makutsi call regarding her new business idea?

4. The owner of the new business insults Mma Ramotswe by ___________________________.

5. With what type of illness has Mma Ramotswe's fiance struggled?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has happened to Mr. Molefelo emotionally as a result of his being attacked?

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

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

5. What situation did Mr. Molefelo find himself in with his girlfriend at the time? Why did he steal an item from the Tsolamoseses?

6. What seems to be Mr. Molefelo's intention by contacting Mma Ramotswe?

7. For what reason does Mr. Molefelo now need Mma Ramotswe's services?

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

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

10. Why is Mma Ramotswe happy that her assistant, Mma Makutsi has taken over Mr. Matekoni's business during his illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the novel and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

Alexander McCall Smith is a master at dramatic devices. Choose examples of symbolism, metaphor, and irony. Briefly explain each example and identify the technique used.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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