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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 is the local town that is described in Chapter 1?

2. What does Nyokabi tell Njoroge she will buy him when his father gets paid in the beginning of Chapter 1?

3. Which of Boro's friends comes to push for and discuss the strike at Njoroge's home in Chapter 6?

4. Who is said to have been arrested in the "Interlude"?

5. What is the answer when the teachers asks of the sound "U-u-u-u-u-u" "What animal says this?" (34)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Njoroge's religious faith? How is this demonstrated in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 5?

2. What event is described as happening in Murang'a in the "Interlude"? Why is it significant?

3. How much time has passed in the "Interlude" between Parts 1 and 2 of the novel? What tone is established in this brief chapter?

4. What does the land represent to Ngotho in the novel?

5. How does Njoroge describe Stephen Howlands in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 4?

6. What is the twist ending of Karanja's story about Dedan Kimathi in Part 2: "Darkness Falls," Chapter 8?

7. What does Nairobi represent symbolically to Njoroge and others in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 5?

8. How does Njoroge feel about attending school? How does he discover he will attend in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 1?

9. Why does the strike cause conflict in Njoroge's home in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 6?

10. Where does Njoroge's family move in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 7? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motifs of light and darkness in Weep Not, Child. How are these motifs developed through titling in the novel? What are examples of imagery that reflects these motifs? What do lightness and darkness represent?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the narrative style of Weep Not, Child. Is the story related in the present, past, or future tense? Is the narrator involved in the action of the story? What are the impacts of each of these choices?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's use of language and dialogue in Weep Not, Child. What are some examples of the words from the narrative that are centered around its setting? How does the author use dialogue to develop characters and to further illustrate Kenyan culture? Do the characters in this novel communicate in the same ways that we do in our contemporary culture?

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