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11th Grade–CtBC Ch. 34-36 Reading Questions

11 Feb
  1. Why does the bishop think Kumalo should leave Ndotsheni? What changes his mind?
  2. Why doesn’t the young farm demonstrator want to work for Jarvis?
  3. On page 303, why does the farm demonstrator say that he works for “Africa” and not “South Africa”?
  4. Why does Kumalo go up to the mountain in the last chapter?
  5. What are the two meanings (literal and figurative) of “dawn” in the last paragraph?

11th Grade: CtBC Ch. 31-33 Reading Q’s

6 Feb

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 31-33

  1. What has Kumalo realized about prayer at the start of Chapter 31?
  2. Are Kumalo’s visits to the chief and headmaster useful?
  3. What does Jarvis do for the villagers (two different things)? Why do you think he does them?
  4. What are the suggestions that Letsitsi has for fixing the land?

11th Grade: TIME Photo Essay Assignment

6 Feb

AIDS in Africa Response Assignment:

Go to the TIME Photo Essay on AIDS in Africa: http://www.time.com/time/2001/aidsinafrica/photo.html

View the photos and read as many of the accompanying articles as you can.

Write a one typed, double-spaced page (about 250 words) response, based on the in-class presentation and videos and the photo essay. What stands out to you? How did you react to this essay (and the presentation)? How does this subject relate to our previous studies about South Africa?

Post your response on the blog by 10 pm on Thursday, February 11th.

Grade 11: CtBC Reading Q’s, Ch. 29-30

6 Feb

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 29-30

  1. Why do you think Absalom and the girl decide to get married?
  2. What did Stephen plan to tell his brother John?
  3. What does Stephen and John’s discussion reveal about John’s character?
  4. Why do you think Gertrude left?
  5. Does Paton’s description of the train ride back to Natal differ from that in the beginning of the book? How (or why not)?
  6. What is the villager’s response to Kumalo’s return?
  7. Analyze the following passage from page 259 and note how this quote relates to a theme or themes we have discussed so far:

“Call and dance, Innocence, call and dance while you may. For this is a prelude, it is only a beginning. Strange things will be woven into it, by men you have never heard of, in places you have never seen. It is life you are going into, you are not afraid because you do not know. Call and dance, call and dance. Now, while you may.”

Grade 11: Readings for Feb. 1st-5th

29 Jan

You have some readings to do for next week that are outside of CtBC. I am uploading the files here so you have plenty of time to read/annotate/do whatever questions you need to do before the due dates.

Due Tuesday 2/2: Read/Annotate articles on Haiti, Complete Venn Diagram on Haiti

Due Wednesday 2/3: Read/Annotate reading on Trials/Debates

Due Thursday 2/4: Read/Annotate Civil Disobedience reading

Civil Disobedience

HAITI articles

HAITI venn diagram

11thAmericanDreamTrial

Grade 11: CtBC Ch. 24-28 Reading Q’s

29 Jan

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 24-28

  1. Why is it “hard to be born a South African” (207)?
  2. What does it mean when Jarvis writes that loving South Africa is like loving “a woman who is true, false, cold, loving, cruel and afraid” (207)?
  3. Why did Jarvis take the stance he did and fight for justice? What two reasons does he give?
  4. What does Jarvis (senior) think of Stephen Kumalo when they meet in Chapter 25? Write at least five words or phrases from the chapter that support your answer.
  5. Whose is “the great bull voice” (217)? What does that description mean?
  6. Is John Kumalo a good leader? Explain. Should the whites be afraid of him?
  7. What is the war that has just been fought that John Kumalo mentions on page 220?
  8. Why is the strike such a potentially effective tool in South Africa?
  9. Compare and contrast the news of the three black miners killed in the strike (p. 223) and the news of Jarvis’s murder earlier in the book. How much press coverage does each event get? How do people react to the news?
  10. What does Paton mean by “so in a way it is best not to think about it at all” (224)? How does he feel about people who think this way?
  11. Why does Mrs. Lethebe hide the newspaper in Chapter 27?
  12. What was Pafuri’s defense in the trial?
  13. What are the key points of Absalom’s lawyer’s defense?
  14. What is the judge’s ruling? What is Absalom’s sentence? How do you feel about this outcome?

Grade 11–CtBC Reading Q’s Ch. 18-23 (for Quiz grade!)

29 Jan

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 18-23 (For a quiz grade—2 points each, 30 points total)

  1. On page 163, Paton mentions a “problem almost beyond solution.” What problem is this? How does it relate to black-white relations in South Africa?
  2. List and explain five key ideas from Jarvis’s manuscripts.
  3. On page 179, what does Jarvis say about the tribal system? Who said something similar earlier in the book?
  4. What is the significance of Paton mentioning (twice!) Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address?
  5. What is the significance of the three pictures Paton mentions (twice!) as being in Jarvis’s office: Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, and Vergelegen?
  6. What does Harrison think about black people? How does this make you feel?
  7. In Chapter 21, Jarvis’s manuscript notes a contradiction between Christian ideas and South Africans’ so-called Christian society. What is his point? What other examples can you think of when people have done very un-Christian (or immoral) things while still calling themselves Christian (or moral)?
  8. What race is Jarvis?
  9. Who makes the Laws in South Africa?
  10. Why do black people as well as white people hold white judges in high esteem?
  11. Think back to the character chart you did in class. At the end of Chapter 22, do you feel any differently about Absalom? Why or why not?
  12. What is the big news in Chapter 23?
  13. Who is happy about the discovery? For the people who are not happy or do not care, why not?
  14. What does the discovery of more gold mean for the natives (black people)?
  15. Why does Paton write that one Johannesburg “is enough” (205)? Is this a positive or negative comment about the city?

Grade 11–CtBC Discussion Q’s Ch. 14-17

26 Jan

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 14-17

  1. What might the “barrier” (p. 130) that separates Kumalo and his son be?
  2. Who killed Jarvis?
  3. Compare/contrast John and Stephen Kumalo’s reactions to their son’s arrest.
  4. How have Kumalo’s ideas about “repairing” the tribe and repenting changed in the book so far? What has caused him to lose his naivety?
  5. What has happened in Absalom’s girlfriend’s life? How does her story compare to the predictions you made while reading Ch. 10?
  6. Predict what will happen to Absalom Kumalo in the rest of the book. Why do you think this will happen? Give evidence to back up your predictions.

11th grade–CtBC Reading Questions, Ch. 10-13

23 Jan

Cry, the Beloved Country

Guided Reading Questions, Chapters 10-13

  1. Usually, Kumalo describes Ixopo (his hometown) as a beautiful, lively place. Why do his visions of the landscape grow desolate when he thinks about his son?
  2. How does Paton characterize the girl carrying Kumalo’s grandchild? What do you think has made her this way?
  3. Is the portrayal of Johannesburg in Chapter 10 positive or negative? Explain.
  4. Chapter 11 shows us where the book’s title comes from. What does “Cry, the Beloved Country” mean? How does it connect to Jarvis and black/white relations? How does it relate to the land itself?
  5. What are the various ideas Paton shows white people having (Ch. 12) about the “native problem?”
  6. Why do you think the police are looking for Kumalo’s son? Predict what has happened.
  7. What does Msimangu’s prayer (Ch. 13) mean? What are the literal and figurative meanings of “the blind?”
  8. What are the conflicting opinions presented of Msimangu at the end of Ch. 13? Which do you agree with?

Grade 11-CtBC Response Essay

21 Jan

I have divided the Response essay into three separate posts (one for each group) to make it less confusing. You will comment at least one time on EACH of the three posts (one post will be your response; the other two will be your comments on a classmate’s response).

The directions are also located on each page.

If you were absent on Thursday when we assigned groups, you may choose which of the three topics you would like to write about for your primary post. Your essay is still due on Friday by 6 pm, even if you were absent. Email me (elizabeth.somerset@gmail.com) if you have questions.

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