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. How does Salim envision the young African boys?

2. What does Salim learn about Zabeth's family?

3. What does Indar lecture about when Salim attends his class?

4. What does Salim learn from listening to the BBC?

5. What does Indar mean when he tells Salim he's where it's at.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ferdinand become a burden on Salim?

2. Describe the reunion of Salim and Indar.

3. Describe Salim's family.

4. What is the situation at the beginning of the novel?

5. What is going through Salim's mind as he travels deeper into the interior?

6. Explain how the reader understands that Salim is inexperienced with women.

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

8. In what way is Father Huismans somewhat naive?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the development of Ferdinand from the time he was sixteen-years-old until last seen in the novel as a young government official. Explain how Naipaul makes those changes and give your opinion as to how accurate he is in doing so.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 9, Indar describes his visits to the Indian High Commission in London. Write a paper on how Indar exhibits the prejudices of the caste system of India even though he had never been to India in his life. Write your paper on your feelings about classifying people according to the color of their skin, the clothes they wear, and the level of their education.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, Salim is leaving the town and it is inferred he will return to London and marry Kareisha. The marriage arrangement was tacitly made years ago when Nazruddin sold his store in the town at a loss. Write your opinion of arranged marriages as opposed to the western way of dating before marriage.

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