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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 the prospective groom's father say that makes Mama want to arrange the marriage with that family?

2. Why does Papa come to where Uma is staying after she is married?

3. What does Uma regret about the trip with Aruna and Aruna's in-laws?

4. To what kind of life do Uma and Arun resign themselves?

5. Who is Arvind?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mira-Masi tell Uma one day about the mark of the Lord, and how does Uma react?

2. How does giving birth to a male child affect Mama's status?

3. How does Uma compare herself to Aruna?

4. Why does Papa go and bring Uma back home from her new husband's household and how does he react?

5. How do Uma and Aruna respond to news of their mother's pregnancy?

6. Why does Uma sneak out of the house one day?

7. What does Uma feel about the time she fell into the Ganges and was sinking?

8. What does Mama do each day to prepare Papa for the day?

9. What is the atmosphere like at the Ashram that Mira-Masi and Uma travel to, and how does Uma feel about it?

10. How do Uma and Aruna feel about Anamika's engagement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss three of the following:

a) Fully explain why you think Fasting, Feasting is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

b) How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book?

c) Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content?

d) Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

a) Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Fasting, Feasting.

b) Trace and analyze one major theme of Fasting, Feasting. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

c) Trace and analyze two secondary themes of this book. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

a) What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

b) Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Fasting, Feasting, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

c) Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Fasting, Feasting. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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