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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 Jakob suggest that he and Pieter search for on a trip to the family farm?

2. Trying to find out if anyone in the black community knew what he had done, who did Pieter ask his house boy about?

3. Who does Pieter guess is the new social welfare officer?

4. Who tells Pieter they have found another job for Stephanie?

5. In Chapter 1, the narrator describes running to save a man, who shuts the door of ____________ instead of accepting the help.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kappie call Pieter lieutenant even though Pieter insists that Kappie call him by his first name?

2. According to Kappie, why does Pieter's neighbor, old Herman, spit and turn from him when he sees Pieter?

3. Who is Abraham Kaplan?

4. After writing and then canceling his letter of resignation, Pieter leaves the office and meets Anna on the street. What do they do?

5. Why does Pieter yell "can't you read" to Steyn?

6. On the second day, in fear of being found out, how does Pieter perceive the people around him?

7. When Japie brought Pieter back home, what did Pieter do?

8. Why does Pieter go to the park and what are his thoughts while there?

9. What does Pieter's mom do after Jakob dies?

10. What rugby news does the young dominee telephone Pieter about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What type of relationship did Pieter and Steyn have? How was this relationship strained? How did this relationship affect the story? How did this relationship push Steyn to destroy Pieter?

Essay Topic 2

Explain briefly the Immorality Act. In the case of Smith, in Chapter 6, what is the major concern of most people concerning Smith's actions? How does Pieter view Smith's actions? In response to Smith's actions, what seems to be more of a crime to the people, to Pieter? Is it the violation of the act? The murder of the servant girl and decapitation? Something else? In your opinion, what is defining people's perceptions and views? What is defining Pieter's perceptions or views?

Essay Topic 3

Several times Pieter decides to confide in various people but does not. How does this affect the story? What is his relationship with each of them before he is found out and after he is found out?

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