Clear Light of Day Test | Final 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. What is the one thing she could not do for Baba?

2. As a child, what was Tara always expecting?

3. How does Bakul treat Tara?

4. What episode at school disturbed Tara deeply and made her think of blood?

5. What did Bim want to be when she was grown up?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of Tara's words to Bim pouring out of her quickly on the day of her departure?

2. What is the symbolism the author is relaying when she describes childhood games where the sisters are never able to catch their older brother?

3. How does Tara see their childhood?

4. Describe Raja in Bim's eyes until this chapter begins.

5. In your opinion, has Bim always been this way and Tara never saw it, or has Bim changed over the years?

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 Bim resist everything Tara says and mocks Bakul's words?

8. Why is Bakul so shocked when Bim says she has made a decision?

9. Why does Tara want Bim and Baba to go to the wedding of Raja's daughter?

10. How does Tara see Aunt Mira?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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