This Earth of Mankind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Minke wonder if Nyai did to him ?

2. Who is Robert Suurhof?

3. What position did Jean Marais hold in the army?

4. What does Minke feel is necessary to reveal to the reader?

5. What is Minke's reaction to Annelies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is colonization and how does it effect this story?

2. What does Annelies find in Minke's luggage and what does Minke tell her about the items?

3. Who is Robert Suurhof?

4. Who says in Chapter 3, "love is beautiful, Minke, very, very beautiful, but perhaps disaster follows. You must dare to face its consequences", and what does this quote mean in the context of the story?

5. How does Minke feel about Annelies at the start of Chapter 3 and what does he believe influences him to feel this way?

6. What does the term "historical fiction" mean?

7. What is Nyai's response to Minke's article?

8. Who says "I don't yet really need to reveal who I am before the eyes of others" and what does it mean?

9. What does the conversation with Nyai in Chapter 6 reveal about Minke's education?

10. Who is the narrator of "This Earth Of Mankind"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Minke meets many interesting people in the book. These people influence his life in many ways. Choose one person or couple he meets that influence his life and explain the positive and negative aspects of that influence

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the interaction Minke and his mother at his wedding. What is the significance of what Minke discusses with his mother ? Why is she so intent on him dressing in Indonesian clothes?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Jean Marais' army status? Do Minke or Marais think there is a problem with it at the time?

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