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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 did Robyn write home, as a joke, to indicate what types of animals she was training?

2. Who did Robyn develop a close friendship with in Chapter 2?

3. What is a camel's only natural enemy?

4. What type of terrain do camels find it very difficult to handle?

5. What do camels' feces resemble?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was the first person who did not greet Robyn's ideas with patronizing disbelief?

2. What kind of trouble did Robyn have with the camel, Kate?

3. Why do camels hate to be on their own?

4. What types of people made up the thirteen thousand white people living in Alice?

5. What became the last straw for Robyn, making her decide to leave Kurt in Chapter 2?

6. What gave Robyn second thoughts about how easy her project would actually be?

7. When a man sat beside Robyn on her train to Alice Springs, what was his attitude toward her?

8. What was apartheid originally set up in South Africa to accomplish?

9. How did Robyn deal with the knowledge that the photojournalist, Rick, would be intruding upon her solitary journey?

10. What led Robyn to nearly jump over the bar and prevent a policeman from beating someone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many famous historical figures, such as Jesus, Gandhi, or Buddha, underwent extreme testing during their lives, often going out to the desert to be alone. What were Robyn's motives for taking on this journey?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the racism in the Alice with the misogyny Robyn and other white women experienced there.

Essay Topic 3

When Robyn tied Bub to the nearest tree and beat him very hard in Chapter 5, she had a small epiphany. What did Robyn learn about herself after this incident? Who did she compare herself to and why?

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