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. Where had Mma Ramotswe's offices been located?

2. When did Mr. Molefelo come to the city in #74?

3. Where do Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi go in Chapter 5?

4. When Mr. Maketoni returns to work, Mma Ramotswe __________________________.

5. Mma Makutsi thinks about all the men who do not know how to __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mr. Molefelo? What does he tell Mma Ramotswe when he comes to her office?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mma Ramotswe think is the answer to Mma Makutsi's financial struggles?

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

8. What does Mr. Matekoni encounter when he comes to Mma Ramotswe's home to water the vegetable plants?

9. What suggestion does Mma Makutsi have for increasing sales at Mr. Matekoni's garage?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Mr. Molefelo. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Mr. Molefelo?

Essay Topic 2

Does Smith end the story on a note of hope for Mma Ramotswe or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with flawed relationships and evolving trends and ways of life? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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