Deep River 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 does Isobe warn Mr. Sanja to forgo photographing?

2. What does Tsu call the symbolic cross he carries?

3. What is the date on the next day after Isobe's visit to the village in Chapter 9?

4. About what has Kiguchi been reading in Chapter 12?

5. What happens to Indira Gandhi in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what is Tsu capable only in his dreams?

2. What does Kiguchi say to Mitsuko on the bus about Americans and Japanese?

3. Why does Isobe travel out to a village near the city?

4. What does Isobe think as he throws his empty bottle into the river in Chapter 10?

5. Why does Tsu leave Mitsuko after talking briefly with her?

6. What does Sanja intend to do when he comes downstairs the next morning in Chapter 13, and about what does Isobe warn him?

7. What happens when a group of Hindus see Sanja taking pictures of forbidden subjects?

8. How does Sanja think he will make a name for himself as a photographer?

9. What does Tsu say when Mitsuko asks if he believes in reincarnation?

10. What significance is there to the next day, October 31st?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Deep River belongs to the historical fiction genre. Discuss the following:

Define the literary term "genre" and name three other genres in addition to the historical fiction genre. What are the advantages and disadvantages of assigning a genre to a novel? What do you think is the difference between a historical fiction and a historical novel or mystery?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Deep River help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Deep River? Why or why not. Use examples from Deep River and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Numada's story also brings up the theme of sacrifice. The myna bird sacrifices its life for Numada's.

Why do you think Numada believes the myna gave up its life for him? Discuss reasons Numada feels such a deep connection with animals. Use examples from Deep River to support your discussion.

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