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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 honor did Raja receive in school?
2. When Tara is speaking to Bakul about her realizations about her sister, what is Bakul thinking about?
3. After she speaks to Baba, who does Bim seek out to vent her anger?
4. What episode at school disturbed Tara deeply and made her think of blood?
5. As Tara gets older, she no longer seeks comfort from Aunt Mira. Where does she go?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Tara think her father was trying to kill her mother?
2. Describe Raja in Bim's eyes until this chapter begins.
3. Describe the children's mother
4. How did Bim remember the incident where she was stung by bees?
5. Describe the word games the children played to pass the time.
6. 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?
7. What is the symbolism the author is relaying when she describes childhood games where the sisters are never able to catch their older brother?
8. Why does Bim resist everything Tara says and mocks Bakul's words?
9. How does Tara see their childhood?
10. How does Bim see their childhood?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The children are present on the banks of the Jumna River when Hyder Ali Sahib rides by on his fine white horse. How do each of the children remember this incident, and how does it affect them? Describe it from the viewpoint of Raja, Bim, Tara and Baba.
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