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. Who is Salim's childhood friend who is going to England to study?

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

3. What does Zabeth want Salim to do?

4. Where has Salim come from as the story opens?

5. What is the rumor Ferdinand spreads in the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem that arises over a book?

2. What is the underlying mood of the villagers and what effect does it have on Ferdinand?

3. Describe the reunion of Salim and Indar.

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

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

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

7. What does Salim think about the slaves on the east coast of Africa?

8. In what way is Father Huismans somewhat naive?

9. How do Salim and Metty begin to react with Ferdinand?

10. Describe Mahesh and his desire to strike it rich.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Take the old saying, "It takes one to know one," and compare it to the meeting of Indar and Mahesh and his wife, Shoba. In Chapter 6, Metty recognizes a slave girl when she keeps coming to the store looking for him. Write an essay about how people can spot the faults in others that they have in themselves.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on the way Naipaul develops the character of Indar. Start with his early optimism about a European education. Discuss why you think he was never really successful. Explain how Naipaul creates Indar as a person who over values his own importance. Trace his arrival at the Domain with his chance meeting of the American and running into Raymond at the American millionaire's house.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, visitors to the Domain become increasingly critical of the country and even the expatriates they satirize as becoming Africans themselves. Write an essay on the incorrectness of putting down other people and cultures simply because they are different from your own.

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