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Barron's Booknotes-Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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TEST 2

_____ 1. "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills" is

A. the opening sentence of Book I and Book II
B. a line from Alan Paton's diary
C. a line in a letter from James Jarvis to his son _____ 2. The point of view used in Cry, the Beloved Country is
A. third person omniscient
B. third person limited
C. a combination of A. and B. _____ 3. The man most dedicated to helping young blacks leave crime and become useful citizens is
A. the young white man from the reform school
B. the white lawyer, Mr. Carmichael
C. the black speaker and organizer, Dubula _____ 4. Which of these is the strongest indication of racial discrimination in South Africa?
A. White drivers refusing to give rides to blacks during the bus boycott
B. The training of black doctors and nurses in white institutions
C. All laws being made by the white people _____ 5. What does Jarvis find most unusual about the increase of Afrikaans-speaking whites in English-dominated Natal?



A. Speakers of English and Afrikaans are marrying each other.
B. Many of the Afrikaners speak English.
C. Most of the government officials are Afrikaners. _____ 6. Greater educational opportunities and better working conditions for natives are most strongly urged by
A. John Harrison's father
B. Arthur Jarvis
C. Theophilus Msimangu _____ 7. Which of the following speakers urges a good Christian life instead of pushing for political action?

A. Msimangu
B. John Kumalo
C. Dubula _____ 8. The parent and child who change the most in the course of the novel are
A. Gertrude and her son
B. Stephen and Absalom Kumalo
C. John and Matthew Kumalo _____ 9. Restoration of the tribes in the rural areas requires
A. an end to inefficient farming methods
B. better education of black children
C. both A. and B. _____ 10. The woman in this novel who makes the greatest change in attitude is
A. the girl who marries Absalom
B. Gertrude Kumalo
C. Stephen Kumalo's wife ESSAY QUESTIONS
11. Explain in what sense Cry, the Beloved Country is a novel about fathers and sons.
12. Explain how the Kumalo family shows in miniature all the problems of blacks in South Africa.
13. Explain how the Jarvis family demonstrates the best of white attitudes in South Africa.
14. Show how the Reverend Theophilus Msimangu and Arthur Jarvis share some of the same beliefs and attitudes, and how they hold similar positions in their communities.

15. Defend this statement: Cry, the Beloved Country should be required reading for any ambassador to the Republic of South Africa.

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