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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 did Raja want to be when he was grown up?
2. Who does Bim direct her anger to?
3. What have the Misras sisters become?
4. What has Bim worried in this chapter?
5. What episode at school upset Tara's emotions so much she seem obsessed with one of the teachers?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Bim remember the incident where she was stung by bees?
2. Why is Bakul so shocked when Bim says she has made a decision?
3. On page 115, the children ask Mira why their parents play cards, and Mira thinks the answer is obvious. What do you think is the reason?
4. What difference does Aunt Mira make in Baba's life?
5. Why did Tara think her father was trying to kill her mother?
6. Why does the author use the episodes of the mad dog, the young teacher, and the bees to describe Tara's character?
7. Why does Tara want Bim and Baba to go to the wedding of Raja's daughter?
8. How was Mira treated by her dead husband's family?
9. Describe the children's mother
10. How does Tara see Aunt Mira?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the predominant themes of this novel and explore how the author presented the theme via dialogue, symbolism, characters, etc.
Essay Topic 2
Tara and Bim are sisters, but their personalities are very different. Describe each of the sisters and compare them in the following ways:
1) visions of the future
2) learning and school
3) handling adversity
4) finding love and happiness in their lives
Essay Topic 3
This novel is set over a number of years, but almost always in summer. How does the author use the oppressive heat, the wild noisy birds, and the overgrown foliage to create imagery and the feeling of heavy weight on her characters, their actions and their decisions?
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