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. Where does Sharma go to prepare for the birth of her first child?

2. What does Sharma blame for the failure of the store?

3. What does Sharma use to treat bedbugs?

4. How does Shama's family react to the purchase of the house?

5. When Mr. Biswas sees a child destroying some of the store's stock, what does his reaction cause the mother of the accused child to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Mr. Biswas' house in Green Vale during his illness?

2. What motivates Mr. Biswas to become self-employed?

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

4. Describe Mr. Biswas.

5. How does Mr. Biswas' father die?

6. What happens to the Biswas children after their father dies?

7. Why does Mr. Biswas consider himself a successful man?

8. Why does Pundit Jairam send Mr. Biswas home?

9. Describe Mr. Biswas' early education.

10. Describe Mr. Biswas' room in Green Vale.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Biswas suffered from a short period of depression. Describe potential causes for his depression and the effects it has on his character. What factors lead to his depression? How does the depression affect his character? What is the pivotal factor that helps him overcome his depression? What other factors assist him in overcoming his depression?

Essay Topic 2

Collectivism and individualism are two opposing philosophies in the book. Compare and contrast each philosophy and how it affects the characters in the book? Which philosophy is prevalent in the beginning of the book? By the end? What opinion might the author be trying to express about collectivism versus individualism?

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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