A House for Mr Biswas 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 type of work does Mr. Biswas first perform for the newspaper?

2. Whom does Mr. Biswas borrow money from in order to purchase the house in Book 2, Chapter 6?

3. Where does Dorothy work?

4. How does the editor react to Mr. Biswas' free work?

5. Where does Mrs. Tulsi go when she leaves the Port of Spain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Deserving Destitutes Fund, and how did Mr. Biswas become involved in it?

2. How does the Biswas family feel about the purchase of their new home?

3. How is Mr. Biswas' second house spared from burning?

4. Describe Mr. Biswas' new job with the Community Welfare Department.

5. Describe the Biswas family's trip to the seaside.

6. How does Mrs. Tulsi's return to Arwacas affect the family left in Port of Spain?

7. Why does the Biswas family leave Mrs. Tulsi's house in Port of Spain after Owad's return?

8. Who is the "Scarlet Pimpernel", and why are the islanders looking for him?

9. Describe the house Mr. Biswas bought from the solicitor's clerk.

10. How does Mrs. Tulsi react to Owad's impending return from England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences between Eastern and Western standards of success. Which standard does the Tulsi family follow? Which standard does Mr. Biswas follow? How does the conflict with the Tulsi family affect Mr. Biswas' attitude towards success? How might his attitude affect the future of his children and grandchildren?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the influence that English literature and education has on the characters in the book. Choose three characters and describe how an English-based curriculum influences their attitudes early in life. How does Mr. Biswas' love of English literature affect his personal philosophy throughout his life? What difficulties do he and other characters experience that can be attributed to the influence of English literature and education?

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