1. What does "umfundisi" mean, and why is it significant?
2. What is the name of Kumalo's son? Why is this an appropriate name?
3. Who is Gertrude, and what does she do for a living?
4. Why have young people in the valley turned to crime?
5. Why does Kumalo believe there is a "sickness of the land" (4)?
6. What has happened to Kumalo's son?
7. Describe the church in Johannesburg.
8. Describe the relationship between Kumalo and Absalom.
9. Compare James Jarvis and Kumalo.
10. List two example of Christian values or archetypes in the novel.
Probably the most ardent authorial voice against apartheid, Alan Paton published Cry, the Beloved Country not only as a protest against racial segregation in South Africa, but also as a story of interracial redemption and the cost of unforgiveness. For more on the author, please visit his biographical website and view the following interview clip: