Walkabout: Book Characters & Quotes - Quiz & Worksheet


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Walkabout (1959) contrasts which two cultural perspectives?

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The following quote from the novel Walkabout (1959) expresses the point of view of which of its main characters?

'Not only, he decided, were they freakish in appearance and clumsy in movement, they were also amazingly helpless: un- taught; unskilled, utterly incapable of fending for themselves: perhaps the last survivors of some peculiarly backward tribe.'


The following passage from the novel Walkabout expresses which cultural perspective?

'Coddled in babyhood, psycho-analysed in childhood, nourished on predigested patent foods, provided with continuous push-button entertainment, the basic realities of life were something they'd never had to face.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With the worksheet/quiz, you can assess what you know about the characters in the book Walkabout. You'll be quizzed on topics like two cultural perspectives that are compared in the story and identifying which character's point of view is expressed in a given quote.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on these key points:

  • Passage from the book about 'the basic realities of life' and which cultural perspective it represents
  • The purpose of the walkabout
  • A character with the most mature point of view

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the characters in Walkabout
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning behind the ritual of the walkabout
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about passages from the book that deal with alternating cultural perspectives

Additional Learning

For more on the book, review the lesson called Walkabout: Book Characters & Quotes. These areas of interest will be studied further:

  • What the Australian outback is
  • Who the Aboriginals are
  • When the book was first published
  • How the book begins
  • The roles of Peter and Mary in the text
  • A rite of passage and how it's expressed
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