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Cry, the Beloved Country Study Guide
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Paragraphs two and three in Chapter 1 sharply contrast. Explain the significance of these two paragraphs in terms of the novel's central theme.
The ruined lands are the natives life's and the good land's are the whites life's.
Identify Stephen, John, and Gertrude.
Stephen is a priest who is determined to find his family in Johannesburg. John is Stephen's brother who is a carpenter and went to Johannesburg, Gertrude is Stephens sister, 25 years younger than him, went to Johannesburg with her child, main reason for Stephen going to Johannesburg , sells and make alcohol, prostitute
"Once such a thing is opened, it cannot be shut again."
Once the envelope was opened you can't put back what you have read.
Why did Stephen Kumalo go to Johannesburg?
He got a letter saying his sister was sick.
"The lights . . . fall . . . on the grass and stones of a country that sleeps." Explain the symbolic significance of this statement.
Light symbolizes whites and the grass and stones are the natives.
What does "Umfundisi" mean?
Pastor or reverend
"The journey had begun. And now the fear back again . . . ." What fears did Kumalo have?
Fear for the unknown, the city where people die crossing the street, and for his family.
What happened to Kumalo when he first arrived in Johannesburg?
He was robbed by someone that lied to him about a bus ticket.
Identify Msimangu and Mrs. Lithebe.
Msimangu is the priest in Johannesburg who sent the letter to Stephen and is helping him with his sister. Mrs. Lithebe provides Kumalo and his sister a home while in Johannesburg.
Describe Gertrude's sickness.
She is selling and making alcohol and she is a prostitute.
Why is Gertrude's sickness upsetting to Kumalo?
He was a man of God and having her behave this way was a disgrace to the family.
What is Kumalo's brother John doing in Johannesburg?
He is a politician.
"The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again." Explain what Msimangu meant.
He means that once things are broken, nobody fixes them. They just move on or build and break something else.
"It is fear that rules this land." Who fears whom?
Whites fear the natives and the natives fear the whites. They all fear each other.
1. Describe Kumalo's meeting with his sister (when he finds her in Johannesburg).
Her confronts her with his questions and yells at her, asking why she would act the way and ask if she wants to go home, which she does.
Kumalo bought Gertrude and the child new clothes. Why is that symbolically important?
It shows that she is starting over.
Describe Kumalo's first meeting with his brother John in Johannesburg.
Kumalo confronts him with his question and John blames all his wronging on the church and tells Kumalo where Absolom' is.
What is Msimangu's one hope for his country?
He hopes that one day white men and black men will both want whats good for our country and come together to work for it.
Why did Dubauwoodnt Kumalo ask Msimangu to walk instead of taking a bus?
The natives were protesting by not riding the buses because the price on there tickets went up.
Why is the government more afraid of Dubula than Tomlinson or John Kumalo?
Dubula is kinder than the other two.
What did Mrs. Mkize tell them about Absalom?
That he had been bringing things there and a taxi driver might know where he is.
What news of Absalom does Mrs. Ndlela give Msimangu?
To go to an address
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