3 multiple choice English questions related to the story “The Light of Gandhi’s Lamp,” Hilary Kromberg Inglis. Must be accurate for credit.
- In “The Light of Gandhi’s Lamp,” Hilary Kromberg Inglis writes about how she feels before meeting her sister’s jailer:
And here I was, wanting to reach out, to take his hands in mine, to make him gentle, to settle the demons he thought he saw in my sister’s face. I wanted to tame him—to save my sister’s life. Could I do that, only nineteen years old, a white girl “on the other side”—in his eyes, a traitor, a communist, with viciously dishonorable intentions of overthrowing the white apartheid government?
What does this passage suggest about Inglis’s view of her situation?
- It suggests, with great subtlety, her feeling that the authorities were wrong to think that she wanted to overthrow the government.
- It suggests, in plain language, her belief that it would be impossible for her to secure her sister’s release.
- It suggests, with vivid language, her sense of being seen as a dangerous revolutionary by the authorities in South Africa.
- It suggests, without saying it directly, her willingness to renounce her political beliefs in order to save the life of her sister.
2.Based on her descriptions in “The Light of Gandhi’s Lamp,” how did her experiences as a young adult in apartheid-era South Africa affect Hilary Kromberg Inglis?
- Inglis’s experiences made her recognize that she was, for many years, a part of the problem rather than a part of the solution.
- Inglis’s experiences forced her to understand that people must be willing to make sacrifices if there is to be progress and justice in society.
- Inglis’s experiences allowed her to develop the ability to determine whether a person is trustworthy and honest based on his or her appearance.
- Inglis’s experiences helped her see that people who are willing to strip away the rights and the humanity of others will never change.
3.Read this passage from “The Light of Gandhi’s Lamp,” in which Hilary Kromberg Inglis describes going to the police station in South Africa where her sister is being detained.
I imagined what CR Swart Square Police Station would look like. Would it be like John Vorster Square Police Station in Johannesburg, where Neil Aggett had died in detention—”committed suicide,” authorities claimed, by “hanging himself”?
How does Inglis’s decision to use quotation marks around certain words affect the text?
- It helps indicate that, as a white South African, Inglis was uniquely aware of the hypocrisy and lies that the authorities attempted to pass off as the truth during apartheid.
- It helps suggest that, like others who protested the apartheid government at this time, Inglis believed that these deaths were not real and that the alleged victims had been deported due to their political beliefs.
- It helps convey the idea that, during apartheid, many South Africans who disapproved of their government’s racist policies did not trust the police to follow the law or to be honest about their actions.
- It helps show that, while the apartheid system was wrong, Inglis understood that not all of those who protested the system were noble or righteous or truly devoted to the cause of equality.