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

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

3. What is Mma Ramotswe looking to find for Mma Makutsi?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What decision must Mma Ramotswe make regarding Mma Makutsi and their new client?

2. What is the irony of Mma Ramotswe's uncertainty regarding Mma Makutsi's typing school?

3. What elements of Mma Makutsi's boyfriend should make her suspicious but do not?

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

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

6. What does Mr. Matekoni do with Puso immediately after learning of Mma Potowani's advice?

7. What ultimatum does Mma Ramotswe give to Mr. Selelipeng?

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

9. At the orphan farm, what advice does Mma Potowani give to Mma Ramotswe regarding Puso?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the overall setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Smith choose to use this setting in the novel?

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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