A Bend in the River Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Moving deeper into Africa, what crosses Salim's mind?

2. How had Nazruddin come into possession of the store?

3. What venture does Mahesh undertake that worries Salim?

4. Who is Salim's first customer?

5. What does Salim remember as being outside his hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Salim observe about the foreigners at the Domain?

2. What happens when Father Huismans is not at the lycee when Salim goes to return the book?

3. Give some details about Father Huismans' hobby.

4. In what way is Father Huismans somewhat naive?

5. How do Salim and his friend, Indar, escape the area where their families live?

6. Why does Salim's family send the slave, Metty, to him?

7. Explain the change in the relationship between Salim and Metty.

8. How does Ferdinand become a burden on Salim?

9. Describe what made Mahesh's wooden spoon venture a failure.

10. For what is the President's complex to be used?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Yvette as a classic femme fatale. Detail how she is swept off her feet by romantic visions which she later reduces to romantic stupidity. How does she use Raymond's reputation to get what she wants? State your opinion about whether she ultimately gets what she deserves.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on the importance of expressing gratitude in human relations. Use Ferdinand's short note to Salim and Metty after the threat of war subsides in the town. Explain why it is necessary to thank people who perform some service or give some gift.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper about African religion. Use Zabeth as an example and discuss the religious significance of the carved wooden masks. Also refer to Father Huismans' interest in the religious artifacts he collects and why he thinks they are historically significant.

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