A Fine Balance 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. Where was Maneck's roommate's body found?

2. Who does the Beggarmaster say is in charge of deciding the fate of the slums?

3. What item does Maneck hope to return to his college roommate?

4. Which character plunges his fingers down his throat to clear out excess bile?

5. What does Dina pour over Om's head to cure his lice?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rajaram want to move to the Himalayas?

2. What do Om and Ishvar see when they visit their old boss, Jeevan?

3. Why does Dina go to speak to Mrs. Gupta and what does she tell her?

4. What happens when the debt collector visits Dina?

5. What happens when the Beggarmaster comes to visit the relocation camp in Chapter 9?

6. What living conditions do the tailors see when they are returning home on their first night of freedom, and how does the Beggarmaster explain it?

7. How does it come to pass that the tailors begin eating dinner in the main house?

8. What happens when Om begins to itch with lice?

9. How does Maneck die?

10. How is Shankar killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Maneck commits suicide at the end of the novel, his final thought is that he is happy to be holding the chess board. This thought is a bit ambiguous as to whether Maneck is feeling guilt, or if he is overwhelmed with the way that the world has turned out.

Part 1.) Argue what you believe to be the meaning to Maneck's final thoughts.

Part 2.) Argue why you think it was so important to Maneck that he is holding the chess board, especially after he spent years not taking care of it, or missing its presence.

Essay Topic 3

The idea of social hierarchy is very strong within this novel.

Part 1.) Explain the ways that the main characters fit into the social hierarchy.

Part 2.) Choose one character and give three examples of ways that they attempt to claw their way up the social ladder.

Part 3) Explain the outcome of the character's struggle. Did it turn out to be a success, or a failure?

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