Alan Paton: Biography, Books & Quotes


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While working as the director of a reform school, Paton wanted to shift policies away from punishment to:

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1. Apartheid a policy of:

2. Cry, the Beloved Country tells the story of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alan Paton's writings and political activism had a significant impact on South Africa over the course of several decades. These interactive quiz questions will ask you about the details of Paton's life, including his career as an activist and novelist.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Paton's desired policy shift during his stint as the director of a reform school
  • Definition of apartheid
  • The story told in Cry, the Beloved Country
  • When Paton began writing his first book
  • Why the Liberal Party of South Africa disbanded in 1968

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced include:

  • Defining key terms - be able to accurately define the term apartheid
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained about the content of Patton's novel, Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of South African history to answer why the Liberal Party of South Africa was forced to disband

Additional Learning

To learn more about Paton's life, read the related lesson called Alan Paton: Biography, Books & Quotes. The lesson covers several learning objectives, including:

  • Understand the context of South Africa during the 1900s
  • Learn the details of Paton's early life
  • Name several books authored by Paton
  • Know why Cry, the Beloved Country is considered a protest novel