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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. About what is Uma's Papa outraged after she is married?
2. Why does Aruna gently chide Uma in Chapter 8?
3. What does Papa demand at his meals?
4. What does Uma say the atmosphere at the Ashram is like?
5. Where does Anamika live after marriage?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Uma feel about Mira-Masi?
2. How does Uma feel about her eligibility for marriage and how is she expected to act?
3. What happens when Aruna comes to visit her family several years after her marriage?
4. Why does Uma sneak out of the house one day?
5. Why do Mama and Papa not approve of Ramu?
6. How does Mother Agnes respond to Uma's pleas?
7. In the opening to the book, what does Uma do while her parents are sitting on the veranda?
8. How is Anamika's life after her marriage?
9. How does giving birth to a male child affect Mama's status?
10. Who does Uma call in Chapter 9, and what is the outcome?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Chapter 6 makes very clear the questionable prospects of young girls who are married off to seemingly suitable husbands. Anamika's fate is sealed at the hands of her abusive husband and mother-in-law. She cannot leave the marriage because leaving would bring shame on her own family according to Indian culture. Even Uma notes the irony in the situation that the beautiful and gifted Anamika, to whom life has always been kind, suffers a miserable fate, even more miserable than the suffocating and hopeless existence lived by Uma.
a) Do you think arranged marriages should be legal? Why or why not? Use examples from Fasting, Feasting to support your answer.
b) Discuss the concept of family honor in the context of Anamika leaving her marriage. Use examples from Fasting, Feasting to support your answer.
c) Compare and contrast Anamika’s fate with Uma’s fate.
Essay Topic 2
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
a) Compare/contrast the characters of Uma and Arun. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.
b) Compare/contrast the characters of Uma and Uma’s mother and father. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
c) Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Fasting, Feasting help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
a) What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
b) Analyze and discuss Fasting, Feasting based upon the criteria you decide upon in a.) and judge if it is a successful novel.
c) Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Fasting, Feasting a successful novel? What about young teens?
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