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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 Ishvar claim his sterilization form was destroyed?

2. How much money are the villagers actually paid for attending the Prime Minister's speech?

3. What was Rustom's most prized possession?

4. What does Rajaram collect?

5. Who does Maneck ask Dina about when he first reaches her house in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ishvar and Om's reaction to the work that they must do in the relocation camp?

2. What behaviors does Maneck's father begin exhibiting that embarrass his son?

3. How is the village, where the train makes its sudden halt, described?

4. How does Mrs. Gupta feel about The Emergency?

5. What happens to young Maneck when he is away for the first time at boarding school?

6. How does the relationship between Dina and Rustom progress?

7. What does Dina teach Maneck to do in Chapter 8, and why?

8. When do Om and Ishvar first meet Rajaram?

9. What happens when Rustom goes out to buy ice cream on his third wedding anniversary?

10. What happens after Om is hit by the car while following Dina's taxi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "Emergency" is a very powerful force of destruction within the novel.

Part 1.) Briefly explain what the state of Emergency within the novel was.

Part 2.) Explain the catastrophic results this state of Emergency had on the lives of the main characters.

Part 3.) Explain why you think calling the situation an emergency was validated within the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The idea of family planning and sterilization is a constant theme within the novel.

Part 1.) Explain what reasons you think the government has for wanting to sterilize villagers.

Part 2.) Explain the ways that the sterilization project spun completely out of control and the catastrophic effects that it had on individuals as well as communities. Were these outcomes intended?

Part 3.) Choose two characters and explain the ways that sterilization project most affected. How might their lives have been different if the sterilization project had never been approved by the government?

Essay Topic 3

Because of the imbalance of power seen within the novel, many characters end up being victims of one abuse or another.

Part 1.) Choose one character who is seen as a victim in the novel and explain the ways that they were abused by their surroundings and explain the ways that you have seen these abuses affect the characters progression in life. How deeply were they affected?

Part 2.) Explain the ways that this character will later go on to abuse others. How does this highlight the "Circle is Complete" theme within the novel? Or, if you do not believe that this character perpetuated any abuse, explain how you think this character broke the cycle?

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