A Bend in the River Test | Final 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. In the light of day, how does Salim see Yvette's and Raymond's house?

2. What has become of Indar back in Africa?

3. What is Mahesh's behavior while Shoba is gone?

4. What word does Indar say kept his spirits high when he first arrived in London?

5. What does Salim notice every time he sees Yvette?

Short Essay Questions

1. What indicates the end to the boom times in the town?

2. What do Salim and Metty observe from the President's radio broadcast?

3. Why do Indar and Ferdinand both board the steamer at the same time?

4. How are things different socially for Salim after his return from London?

5. What is a clear sign that the President is now taking charge of his own destiny?

6. How does Salim begin to compare himself with Mahesh?

7. Explain who initiates the affair between Salim and Yvette.

8. What encouragement did a woman lecturer give Indar in England?

9. How does Salim get away from the local situation for a while?

10. What is the situation between the President and Raymond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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