A House for Mr Biswas Test | Mid-Book 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 does Mr. Biswas read in bed while living at Green Vale?

2. Which relative urges Mr. Biswas to find a job after several months spent recuperating at Hanuman House?

3. During his illness, what happens to the house that Mr. Biswas was constructing?

4. In the prologue, how does Shama attempt to earn money?

5. In Book 1, Chapter 5, where does Mr. Biswas spend Christmas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first house Mr. Biswas builds for his family.

2. How does Shama react when Mr. Biswas loses his job?

3. What role does Seth play in assisting Mr. Biswas to recover from his illness?

4. What must Mr. Biswas and Shama do to reopen their shop and house in The Chase?

5. Describe the events leading to Mr. Biswas and Shama's courtship and marriage.

6. Describe Mr. Biswas' early education.

7. Why do the Tulsis consider Mr. Biswas a rebel?

8. How does Mr. Biswas express his displeasure with his in-laws and his communal living situation?

9. Describe the events leading up to the destruction of Savi's dollhouse.

10. When Shama is pregnant with her fourth child, she and Mr. Biswas have a severe argument. What happens during that argument, and how does it affect their family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the manner in which the Tulsi family supported Mr. Biswas. Was their support based on moral obligation, cultural standard or other factors? How does the Tulsi family's support assist Mr. Biswas' success? How does their support contribute to his failings? Cite specific examples of financial, physical, social and emotional support within your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the effect the division of Mr. Biswas' brothers and sisters had on each character's life. Why might Bipti have made the decision to divide them, and how might it have affected her character throughout the book? How might the death of his father have motivated Mr. Biswas to pursue a better life? What might have happened to Mr. Biswas and his family if his father had been alive to raise the family?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the power struggles evident in the book. Which characters are perpetually locked in a bid for power within the family? What factors assist characters in gaining or losing power? How do the power struggles evident among the adult characters affect the children? What cycle of power is evident in the book, and how does Mr. Biswas attempt to break that cycle?

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