Clear Light of Day 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 is Tara spending all of her time?

2. Why does Dr. Biswas think Bim is not interested in his courtship?

3. What happens to Aunt Mira in this chapter?

4. What happens to the mother?

5. What was the difference in religion between Raja and Hyder Ali?

Short Essay Questions

1. What resulted from Raja's admiration of Hyder Ali Sahid?

2. Why does Dr. Biswas feel a sense of failure after talking to Bim about Raja's tuberculosis?

3. 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?

4. Describe Bakul's appearance and behavior, and discuss his attitude towards his work and towards his wife.

5. Why do you think the children's parents are at the club playing bridge every night?

6. Why is Bim's conversation with the elder Misras important to the plot?

7. Why is Raja so upset about the whereabouts of the family of Hyder Ali Sahid?

8. How does Bim feel about her youth? Why do you think she feels that way?

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

10. What is Tara's purpose in coming to the family home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Read over the poetry lines used by the author in this novel, which are used as a plot device. What was the purpose of each insertion into the story line? Does it work?

Essay Topic 2

Read over the passages of Baba's thoughts and the description of the young man in Part 1. How does he deal with the world? How does he perceive the world? Could he live independently of Bim?

Essay Topic 3

Read the paragraphs following the moment that Tara, Bakul and the girls leave the family home and Bim and Baba are left sitting on the veranda in the light. How the symbolism and theme of the entire novel represented there?

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