We Need New Names 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. Who from the show "ER" does Sbho pretend to be in "We Need New Names"?

2. Why does Darling say that people believe she is possessed in "Darling on the Mountain"?

3. What is the first reason Darling says they have decided to get rid of Chipo's stomach in "We Need New Names"?

4. What is the second reason that Darling gives for deciding to get rid of Chipo's stomach in "We Need New Names"?

5. What is the name of Bastard's little sister that he is supposed to be watching in "Hitting Budapest"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro require to heal Darling's father?

2. What does Chipo reveal to Darling during the church service in "Darling on the Mountain"? Why?

3. Why are people streaming into Paradise in "How They Appeared"?

4. Where does Darling attend church services with Mother of Bones? How is this setting described?

5. Why does Mother of Bones count her money every morning? Why does she not use the money?

6. How is the setting of Budapest described? Where is this setting in relation to Paradise?

7. How old is the protagonist when the novel begins? What is her family like?

8. What is ironic about the development that is being erected in “Country-Game”?

9. How is Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro's character described?

10. How is Darling's father described when he returns in "Shhhh"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Chipo's circumstances in the novel. How old is Chipo when she becomes pregnant? Who impregnated her? How has Chipo's pregnancy affected her?

Essay Topic 2

We Need New Names addresses several serious issues in Zimbabwe, including AIDS, sexual abuse, and severe poverty. Discuss how these issues are developed in the novel. How does the author use fiction to illustrate the gravity of the situation in Zimbabwe? Is she effective in doing so?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the political history of Zimbabwe from 1980 to the present. Who is the President of Zimbabwe? When did he come to power? What political unrest exists and has arisen in Zimbabwe's history?

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