Cry, the Beloved Country
Chapter 1 Chapter 9
1. This brief chapter tells us a good deal about the 10. From time to time the pronoun “I” is used. Who is
homelands of two families who will appear in the the speaker? Do you ever know? How would you
book. What kind of people live high on the hills? explain the purpose and the plan of this chapter?
What is the land like? Why should one stand
unshod upon it? Chapter 11
2. Lower, the land is different. What is it like? What 11.Your understanding of the rest of the story will be
has made it this way? What happens during a clearer if you know and remember the answers to
rainstorm? these questions:
a. How well did Kumalo know James Jarvis?
Chapter 2 b. The name of Jarvis’ home was High Place Farm.
3. Kumalo says, “You have opened a door, and Refer to the description of Carisbrooke on the
because you have opened it, we must go through.” first page of the novel, and see whether you can
Explain what he means, and explain also his wife’s describe High Place.
reaction. c. What was Arthur Jarvis working on just before he
4. Kumalo’s wife cries out, “You are hurting me also.” was murdered?
How has Kumalo hurt her? Has he criticized her? d. Why were all at the Mission saddened by the
What is his reaction to her cry? murder of Jarvis? Be specific.
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5. The paragraph beginning “The journey had begun” 12. This chapter--a long one--is divided into sections
tells again of Kumalo’s fears. The last sentence of separated by rows of asterisks. The second, third,
the paragraph explains in part the basis for those fourth, fifth, and sixth sections all have one thing in
fears. What is the underlying fear? What is its common. What is it that they have in common?
origin? In what way does this sentence suggest the Can you describe the speakers? What kinds of
central theme of the story? people are they? Which ones make the best sense?
Which the least sense? What is your reaction to the
Chapter 4 people who speak?
6. How does the author tell us that Kumalo is confused Chapter 13
by Johannesburg? Explain the statement “. . .he 13.In the Introduction, Lewis Gannett calls South
will look as though he is waiting for some purpose.” Africa “the beloved country of Alan Paton’s faith”
7. In the matter of the bus ticket, what was Kumalo’s and continues: “In his novel, the music of its cry is
mistake? Why did he make it? a strangely blended folk song, with elements of Zulu
and Xosa speech, and echoes of the rhythm of that
Chapter 5 Jewish-Christian Bible which speaks with such
8. Before leaving Kumalo for the night, Msimangu peculiar intimacy to black men in both America and
talks frankly of his beliefs. What do you think he South Africa.” Here in this chapter you have an
means by the expression “break the tribe”? by opportunity to read next to each other passages from
“build up what is broken”? Is South Africa the only the Bible and Passages of Paton’s writing. Compare
place where this kind of thing has happened? the two, and explain what Gannett meant by “echoes
Explain. of the rhythm. . .of the Bible.”
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9. At the end of this chapter, Msimangu uses an idiom, 14.How does Father Vincent finally stop Kumalo?
“It beats me.” What “beats” him? Does he approve? Trace the times that he refers to something as
disapprove? What do you think the idiom means in “secret” or “a secret.” What is referred to each
this context? Why does the incident have a time?
profound effect on Msimangu? Does Kumalo
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15. Occasionally Paton makes use of an interesting 22. It is in this chapter that we meet Msimangu for the
inconsistency in point of view. That is, he brings in last time. Do you consider him a major or a minor
a phrase or a passage that seems to come from character? In what way has he been a foil for
himself as an actual observer, not as a reporter and Stephen? In this chapter he shows insight,
creator, and sometimes form one of the characters. understanding, tact, generosity, and kindness.
One example is the passage beginning “Old man, Explain how each quality has been shown.
leave him alone.” Discuss the technique by Chapter 30
explaining who says this, whose thought it is, and 23. Kumalo says, “This is a special night” and his wife
what it does for the reader. In later chapters you is hurt. Why? What does he say that makes her
will find other examples of this technique. accept his idea?
16. Toward the end of Chapter 17, you find the
expression “which is not the custom.” You have Chapter 31
found it in earlier chapters, and you will find it more 24. One of the pieces by Arthur Jarvis said, “It was
often as the story continues. Each time it is used, permissible to allow the destruction of a tribal
the context is similar. Watch for it and, in each system that impeded the growth of the country. It
case, be prepared to tell what has happened that is was permissible to believe that its destruction was
not usual, what this expression indicates about inevitable . But it is not permissible to watch its
South Africa, and what it tells us about the people destruction, and to replace it by nothing, or by so
involved. little, that a whole people deteriorates, physically
and morally.” In the interview with the chief and in
Chapter 20 Kumalo’s musing before the interview, the truth of
17.If you know what the terms parallel construction this statement is made clear. Explain what was
and balance mean in composition, you will be destroyed and what, if anything, replaced it. What
better able to understand the manuscript that Jarvis are the evidences of deterioration?
reads. These two aspects of effective writing are
found in several sections, each beginning with “It Chapter 32
was permissible. . .” and continuing with “But it is 25.When Jarvis learns that there is to be no mercy, he
not permissible. . . .” you should be able to describe says, “I do not understand these matters, but
clearly at least five broad ideas, pointing out in each otherwise I understand completely.” What does he
case exactly what was permissible and what is not mean by this paradoxical statement?
now permissible and why.
Chapter 22 26. When Kumalo says, “. . .I have lived my life in
18. Explain the seeming paradox concerning the law, destruction,” what is he thinking about?
justice, and being just.
Chapter 23 27. In trying to help Kumalo, the Bishop suggested the
19. This chapter introduces entirely new material and one thing that would hurt Kumalo more than
cuts off abruptly our consideration of the trial. What anything else. Why would he have been so badly
purpose or purposes does this chapter serve? hurt? What has the Bishop failed to understand?
What could he not have known?
20. Each man says to the other something that Chapter 36
demonstrates the real quality of each. What are 28. Jarvis says, “I have seen a man who was in darkness
their words? Explain your choice. (Jarvis and till you found him. If that is what you do, I give it
Kumalo) willingly.” Who is the man of whom he is
speaking? What does he mean by the first part of
Chapter 28 the statement? What is he giving?
21.At the end of this chapter, a custom is broken--a
thing that “is not lightly done.” Who breaks the