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. What part of his body does Om lose?

2. Who laughs during Shankar's funeral, and asks Dina to leave with him?

3. What part of his body does Ishvar injure falling into the ditch?

4. Who is Mr.Valmik?

5. What game does Maneck attempt to teach Om during their vacation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the police called to Shankar's funeral?

2. What happens to Rajaram that prompts him to leave his job at the government?

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

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

5. How does Maneck die?

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

7. What do Om and Maneck do during their vacation from work?

8. How does Om lose his testicles?

9. What happens when the debt collector visits Dina?

10. How is Shankar killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dina's relationship with Maneck runs the gamut of levels. There are times when she is interested in him as lover, a son, a friend.

Part 1.) Create a timeline of progression for the ways that Dina views Maneck. What seem to the be triggers that move her from one mentality to another?

Part 2.) Explain the different ways that Maneck responds to Dina's view of him. In what type of relationship does he seem to be the most interested?

Part 3.) Explain which relationship you think would be the best for Dina and Maneck. What type of relationship seems to be the healthiest? Which would most benefit the characters as individuals?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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