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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. When does Uma collapse into one of her fits in Chapter 9?

2. How does Mama feel about the trip they make with Aruna’s in-laws?

3. Where does Uma go after making her phone call in Chapter 9?

4. What two countries are the settings for “Fasting, Feasting”?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Uma's life like at the home of her new husband?

2. When does Uma realize what she has lost in leaving the ashram?

3. How do Aruna's wedding plans differ from those taken when Uma was to marry?

4. How does Uma feel about Mira-Masi?

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

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

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

8. How does Uma feel about her eligibility for marriage and how is she expected to act?

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

10. Why does Papa want the family to eat meat, and who will not do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

a) Trace and analyze the theme of food and eating in Fasting, Feasting. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with food? Why? What are some symbols of food? Symbols of scarcity? Why is food and eating important in this novel?

b) Trace and analyze the theme of gender roles in Fasting, Feasting. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have an advantage in life due to gender? Why? How are women treated differently than men?

c) Trace and analyze the theme of family dynamics in Fasting, Feasting. What types of family dynamics are illustrated in the book? Are the families dysfunctional? How do family dynamics affect the characters and their responses to life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

a) Who is/are the protagonists of Fasting, Feasting, and how do you determine this?

b) Who is/are the antagonists of Fasting, Feasting, and how do you determine this?

c) Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot of Fasting, Feasting?

d) Are any of the characters in Fasting, Feasting dispensable? If so, which ones? Why or why not?

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