Cry, the Beloved Country

Study Questions

Think about these questions as you read the book and discuss with your groups.
1. Why did Jarvis help Kumalo?

Keep these factors in mind:
- Jarvis understands how Kumalo feels
- Jarvis forgives Kumalo
- Jarvis starts to share his son's view
- his wife's wish to help the black neighbors

2. Do you really believe Gertrude left her son to become a nun?

Keep these factors in mind:
- Sudden desicion
- Desicion without much thought
- forgot that she had a son until Absalom's girlfriend reminded her
- quick to get rid of her son
- decided after she was scolded by Mrs. Lithebe