We Need New Names Test | Final 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. How much money does Marina say the Lamborghini costs in the parking lot in “Hitting Crossroads"?

2. What does the woman in the blue dress ask Darling to do in "Wedding"?

3. Who has called Aunt Fostalina's house in “This Film Contains Some Disturbing Images”?

4. What color is the mother of the bereaved wearing at the funeral in "For Real"?

5. Who had to take his siter Netsai out of school in order to come to America?

Short Essay Questions

1. What game do the children play after the funeral in "For Real"? How is the game described?

2. What is the relationship between the groom and Aunt Fostalina in "Wedding"?

3. How would you describe Darling's circumstances in "My America"?

4. How does Darling describe her impressions of America in “Destroyedmichygen”?

5. How is the bride described in "Wedding"?

6. How would you describe the household where Darling works as a housecleaner in "My America"?

7. For what reasons does Darling discover she cannot visit home in "Angel"?

8. How is the character of Kristal described in the novel?

9. What happens in the exchange between Darling and Chipo in "Writing on the Wall"?

10. How does the narrative style in “How They Lived” stand apart from the other chapters in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How would you compare the characters of Darling, Marina, and Kristal? Where are each of these characters from? How are their cultural histories illustrated in the narrative? How do these characters differ in their language style?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Mother of Bones in the novel. What is Mother of Bones's relationship to Darling? What activities is this character associated with? What is Mother of Bones's status in the community?

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