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Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

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1. Which of the following men is not a priest?

2. Whom does Kumalo bring from Johannesburg to Ndotsheni?

3. What money does Kumalo use for his trip to Johannesburg?

4. What happens to Gertrude at the end of the novel?

5. Who is John Harrison?

6. Why don’t black mine workers bring their families to Johannesburg?

7. What happens when the police catch Absalom?

8. Who comes to visit Kumalo and practice his Zulu?

9. Who is pregnant when the novel ends?

10. What happens in the church in Ndotsheni during the confirmation?

11. Why are the village children dying?

12. What is the topic of John’s speech, to which Kumalo and Jarvis listen?

13. Who dies on confirmation day in Ndotsheni?

14. What does umfundisi mean?

15. Why does Kumalo go up into the mountain?

16. What does the novel say is the basis of Johannesburg’s wealth?

17. Why was Absalom at the reformatory?

18. Where are Absalom and Kumalo finally reunited?

19. What weapon does Johannes carry when the boys try to rob Arthur Jarvis?

20. Other than his politics, how does John Kumalo make his living?

21. Why did Absalom’s wife run away from her home?

22. Who gives Msimangu and Kumalo a ride to Alexandra?

23. What is the chief’s role in building the dam?

24. Which priest marries Absalom and his girlfriend?

25. Who orchestrates the building of Shanty Town?

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apartheid

by anda963, September 12, 2013

whites and south Africans didn't get along and were separated by their race.

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Deep Discussion Questions

by Bertfromaccounting, December 12, 2013

Explain the difference between Jarvis's reaction and his wife's reaction to Arthurs death?
What does the phrase "Cry, The Beloved Country" mean when used in the novel? (Pg 105)
At what point does the novel show Kumalo's physical weakness, and not his intellectual prowess?
How do you think Absalom would have turned out if he was instead sentenced to life imprisonment, and became Nelson Mandela's cell mate.
Why was Kumalo and the priests able to go to Johannesburg and not turn to crime like everyone else?

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Cry, the Beloved Country

by maggiea13, October 06, 2014

Jarvis’s reaction differs from his wife's in many ways. Jarvis “ stood up, his mouth quivering” appearing to be calm (165). While Mrs. Jarvis was “crying and sobbing”(16. When the news first broke Jarvis was strong and tried to keep his composer. He knew that it would crush his wife and stated, “ She isn't that strong,.. I don’t know how she will stand it” (166). Jarvis repeated twice, “ My god” showing his sense of shock(165). While Jarvis’s wife was uncontrollable on page 169, “ a young woman came out at the sound ... Read more

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