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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. When does the tap in the village run?

2. What occupation did Ishvar's father have while the family was living in the village?

3. What object is Om forced to carry around town in Chapter 7?

4. What instrument is used to signal to the captured men that it is time to eat?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Maneck's father, Farokh, treat his soft-drink recipe?

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

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

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

5. What are Sergeant Kesar and the facilitator sent to the streets to do?

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

7. Why does Dukhi send for his sons to be sent to live with Ashraf?

8. What is Dina's reaction to Maneck when he arrives to stay with her?

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

10. How do Ishvar and Om meet Maneck?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The final chapter of this novel is entitled "The Circle is Complete". Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Choose one of the main characters: either Dina, Maneck, Om, or Ishvar, and explain why their circle is or is not complete. If you are arguing that their circle is not complete, explain what is missing. Be sure to use ample material from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Three very powerful images within the novel are Dina's quilt, the Beggarmaster's bag of coins, and Maneck's chess set. Choose one of these images and explain what they symbolize within the novel. How does Mistry use these items to convey a particular message to his audience?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the entire novel, Ishvar is obsessed with finding a wife for Om. Marriage is seen as a positive addition to families even when the family doesn't have the financial means to support another person.

Part 1.) Compare/Contrast the marriage between Dina and Rustom to the one between Nusswan and Ruby. What is the same about these marriages and what is different?

Part 2.) Explain why you think Ishvar's expectations for Om's wife and marriage are reasonable. How will Om's impending marriage affect the lives of everyone living in Dina's home?

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