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 had Nazruddin come into possession of the store?

2. Who is the slave that Salim's family sends to stay with him?

3. Why does Salim buy the store from Nazruddin?

4. What happens to change the relationship between Salim and Metty?

5. What do the villagers do that becomes a threat to the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening with the town shortly after Salim arrives?

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

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

4. What is Raymond's story about the President as a young man?

5. In what way is Father Huismans somewhat naive?

6. What makes the trip longer and more complicated?

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

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

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

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

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 two-page summary of A BEND IN THE RIVER. In your summary include only the major theme of the novel and the transformation of Salim from east coast living to his experiences in the town to his leaving at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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