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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dr.Biswas ask Bim to do?
(a) Travel to Ceylon with him
(b) His laundry
(c) Allow him to move into the house
(d) Meet his mother

2. What instrument does Dr. Biswas play?
(a) Bassoon
(b) Flute
(c) Piano
(d) Violin

3. What overcomes Tara when she is at her family home?
(a) Sneezing and coughing
(b) Energy, excitement and enthusiasm
(c) Heat, laziness, intimidation by her sister
(d) An urge to cook

4. Who does Raja suggest to take over the family business?
(a) Dr. Biswas
(b) Aunt Mira
(c) Baba
(d) Tara

5. Why can't they visit more often?
(a) Bakul cannot drive
(b) Their daughters do not like Bim or Baba
(c) Tara is afraid of travelling
(d) Bakul is in foreign service and stationed in many different cities in the world

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Raja meet Hyder Ali?

2. What does Bakul tell people who ask detrimental questions about India?

3. Where has Bakul been posted when he comes to ask Bim for permission to marry Tara?

4. What happened to the father?

5. How does this family dispose of the dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Bim believes she is seeing Aunt Mira's ghost in the garden?

2. Why does Raja leave Bim alone to care for Baba?

3. Describe the family home and the feeling you get about it.

4. Why is Tara so disturbed by Bim's remarks on the lawn with Bakul and the Misras?

5. Why does so much responsibility fall to Bim?

6. How does Bim describe time? What do you think she means by this?

7. How is Old Delhi different from New Delhi? Re-read the parts describing the city and note the words the author uses. Do the words create a sense of place?

8. Why does Tara begin to spend time with the Misras sisters?

9. What is the difference between the languages of Urdu and Hindi?

10. What are some of the basic differences between Tara and Bim? Examine their appearance, their attitudes, their sense of family.

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