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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. How often do Bakul and Tara visit Bim and Baba?

2. What surrounds Tara's family home and those of her neighbors?

3. The sisters remember playing in the sand and along the banks of what nearby river?

4. What do the children call their father?

5. What happened to their mother after twenty years of spending her evenings at the club?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Raja refuse to take over the family business?

2. How does Tara feel about her youth? What makes her feel that way?

3. How does Tara see their childhood?

4. Why does Bim resist everything Tara says and mocks Bakul's words?

5. Why does Bim show the letter from Raja to Tara?

6. What is the symbolism of Bim tearing up Raja's old letter concerning the rent?

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

8. Why does the author use the episodes of the mad dog, the young teacher, and the bees to describe Tara's character?

9. How was Baba different?

10. How did Tara remember the incident when Bim was stung by bees?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is Bim so afraid at the last that Tara will take Baba with them to Raja's house?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Bim tell Tara to ask Raja to come see her and Baba, rather than Bim and Baba traveling to see Raja?

Essay Topic 3

Tara is a very sensitive soul. Incidents that seem trivial to others become major events and obstacles for Tara. Why do you think this is? What steps could she take to become stronger and more accepting about life?

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