Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Nadine Gordimer
INFO

Lingua inglese

Nadine Gordimer: life and works
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Nadine Gordimer was born in 1923 in Springs, a small mining town near Pretoria.
B: Her father was a Russian Jew and her mother a South African woman.
C: She studied in a convent school and attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg for one year.
D: In her lifetime she lived in many places, England included.
E: Her strong opposition to apartheid resulted in the banning of some of her novels.
F: She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.
G: She died in Johannesburg in 2014.
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The Pickup: key idea
Tick the words or phrases related to the key idea of the novel.
A: Binary oppositions.
B: Melting pot.
C: Apartheid.
D: Structural parallels.
E: Split personality.
F: Significant others.
G: Similarities.
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Nadine Gordimer: The Lying Days
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The Lying Days
A: was published in 1953.
B: showed Gordimer's sentimental style.
C: explored the constant tension between personal isolation and social commitment.
D: expresses Gordimer's refusal of exile.
E: was Gordimer's last novel.
F: was Gordimer's first work.
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Nadine Gordimer: works
Complete the titles of Gordimer's works.

1. Face to ________
2. The Soft Voice of the ________
3. On the ________
4. A Guest of ________
5. Burger's ________
6. My Son's ________
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Gordimer and South Africa
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

Gordimer's fiction is concerned with the contradictions of a monolingual country. The author analyses the relationships between the different-coloured groups in South Africa. There are four main ethnic groups: the whites; the Afrikaners, who are the South Africa whites of American descent; the Mixed, that is, people of mixed racial ancestry, partly white; and the blacks. Another problem is that in South African society 80% of the people are cut off from normal cultural influences by the language bar. In this context Gordimer's works deal with the political and social parties of her country, and with the changes in her own life and thoughts. She has an analytic style which reveals great social sensibility in examining people, places and situations.
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The Pickup: historical context
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Since Gordimer grew up in ________ South Africa, she witnessed the various stages of its apartheid regime.
2. The theme of ________ plays a central role in her writing.
3. The first part of The Pickup is set in the 'New South Africa' of the ________ post-apartheid Johannesburg.
4. It deals with race and class problems, ________ and the link between the private and the political.
5. In the second part of the novel she analyses these problems at a wider level, shifting the action to an ________ Arab country.
6. The interracial love story between Julie and Abdu develops the theme of Self and Other in the ________ opposition between East and West.
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The Pickup: Julie Summers
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Julie Summers is the heroine of the novel.
B: She has grown up in the poor suburbs of Johannesburg.
C: She rejects her upper-class roots.
D: She rents a small cottage in a posh part of town.
E: She works for a rock'n'roll agency.
F: At the EL-AY Café she meets a multiracial and liberal group of friends.
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The Pickup: the plot
Complete the text with the words below.

1. When Julie's car breaks down, she meets Abdu, a Muslim ________.
2. Julie and Abdu become ________.
3. Abdu is ordered to leave the ________.
4. Julie decides to marry Abdu and to follow him to his ________ land.
5. Julie learns that Abdu's ________ name is Ibrahim ibn Musa.
6. Abdu applies for ________ to several Western countries.
7. When Abdu goes to ________, Julie stays behind.
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The Pickup: the theme of 'the Other'
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The question of Abdu's ________ is complex because he is Arab, not African.
2. He bypasses the traditional South African ________-dichotomy.
3. Julie's ________ is never mentioned in the Arab country, because it is not a distinguishing feature in the Arab society described.
4. The most prominent difference between Julie and Abdu stands in their ________ backgrounds.
5. In Julie's eyes the ________ is a relic from the past, so she wants to leave it behind.
6. In Abdu's home Julie adds her Western sense of self-________ to the traditional Arabic female solidarity.
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The Pickup: the theme of 'the Other'
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. The relationship between Julie and Abdu ________ traditional gender roles.
2. ________ is the one who 'picks up' ________.
3. Each of them ________ the other.
4. Julie partially uses Abdu to satisfy her ________ and the confirmation of her liberal ideas.
5. Abdu hopes to take advantage of Julie's ________ contacts and money.
6. Eastern and Western gender patterns are continually subjected to ________.
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