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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. What does Om have on his mind, which causes him to make mistakes while sewing?

2. After the slums closing, what is there an outbreak of amongst the villagers?

3. What does Dina teach Maneck to sew?

4. What did Maneck give his mother every morning in a tradition that she always looked forward to?

5. What does Dukhi take a job grinding into powder to support his family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Om's trunk of belongings?

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

3. What is the subject of the speech that the Prime Minister is giving to the villagers?

4. What signs does Dina believe she receives telling her not to date again?

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

6. What does Dina's collection of cloth symbolize?

7. What is life like for Om and Ishvar while they are living with Nawaz?

8. How do Om and Ishvar find shelter after they lose their home in Chapter 7?

9. How is Dina Dalal's home described?

10. Why is Narayan murdered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The worm that Om is carrying around inside him is a powerful symbol for the way that communities, and people, within this novel leech off of each other.

Part 1.) Explain the worm's symbolism, and give examples from the text that support this claim.

Part 2.) Explain the way that Om's life changes after the worm is removed from his body. What message was Mistry was sending with this change?

Part 3.) Rajaram is portrayed as a parasitic character within the novel. Explain the ways that he feeds off of other characters, and explain the ways that his life, like both Om's and the worm's, changes by the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

It seems that all of the characters are attempting to find their own independence in the world. Choose one character and explain what they are trying to gain their independence from, the ways that they go about seeking it, and the outcome of the efforts. Do you think that this character's results were worth the efforts?

Essay Topic 3

Om and Ishvar are forced to move around quite a bit within the novel. The main places that they call home are the slums, the work camp, the doorway, and Dina's home. Briefly describe the characters lives in each of those homes, what was positive about each of them, and what was negative.

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