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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. Why does Arun jump into the water and lands in a belly flop?
2. What about Mrs. Patton's behavior bothers Arun?
3. What word does Uma say defines her brother's childhood?
4. What does Melanie eat after leaving the meal Arun cooks?
5. What does Arun notice as he escapes the Patton's arguing?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mrs. Patton feel about Arun being in her home?
2. What does Dr. Dutt want when she comes one day to visit?
3. What does Arun begin doing and why?
4. What does Arun receive from Uma before he moves out of the Patton home?
5. What does Anamika's husband say about her death, and how do the neighbors contradict him?
6. Why does Arun go with Mrs. Patton and Melanie to the swim hole even though he does not wish to do so?
7. Why does Arun enter the water so quickly despite not being able to swim well?
8. How does Arun feel about his life in the United States?
9. What is Rod Patton like?
10. How does Arun feel when he finds Mrs. Patton sunbathing one day?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following to discuss:
a) Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Fasting, Feasting. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Desai chooses the symbols he does?
b) Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Desai chooses the metaphors she does?
c) Discuss Desai's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Desai use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 3
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.
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