The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 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. Why are her fellow employees resentful of her?

2. What kind of animal is the central character of the tale the boy is told?

3. Where does Mma Ramotswe drive her tiny white van to?

4. What does Nandira ask Mma Ramotswe's help for?

5. What mistake does the government minister make about her entry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Obed do that results in Precious being able to open a detective agency?

2. Why does Mma Malatsi come to Mma Ramotswe?

3. How does Mma Ramotswe track down the truth about Peter Malatsi and what does she discover?

4. What alternate avenue of education does Precious get as a child and what is she taught there?

5. What issue, common in the mines of South Africa, does Obed witness that causes him to quit his job?

6. What does Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni suggest that Mma Ramotswe do to increase her revenue and build a reputation for herself?

7. Why does the young boy get into the truck with two strangers?

8. What kind of family are the Patels?

9. How does Mma Ramotswe meet her husband?

10. Why does Mma Ramotswe decide to open a detective agency?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What trip does Mma Ramotswe take through the Kalahari? What is she reminded of as she makes this journey? Who is Mma Ramotswe going to meet? Does this meeting take place? Who does Mma Ramotswe pose as when she arrives, and what threat does she issue? Why is the person she threatens so sure that the threat carries no weight?

Essay Topic 2

What case does Mma Ramotswe deal with after she concludes her case with Mr. Patel? How does she determine whether or not the client is right in her suspicions of her husband? Who does she turn to for information and what information is she looking for? How does she confirm the truth? How is this case successfully resolved?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Mr. Patel engage Mma Ramotswe's services? What information does he want? Why is his request detrimental to his family life? What other methods might he have employed instead? What bond is at risk as a result of this investigation? How does Mma Ramotswe resolve this case? What suggestions does she make to Mr. Patel? How are they received and why does he change his mind?

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