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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 are Rod and father doing when Arun gets to the house after declining Rod's invitation?
3. What are Mama and Papa's response to Dr. Dutt's inquiry?
4. What does Arun receive before he leaves for the dormitory?
5. How does Mrs. Patton confront Melanie's refusal?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Mama suspicious of Mrs. O'Henry's motives in inviting Uma?
2. What does Uma say about Mira-Masi?
3. What do Arun and Mrs. Patton have in common?
4. How does Mrs. Patton feel about Arun being in her home?
5. What is Rod Patton like?
6. How does the cashier at the grocery store upset Mrs. Patton and what does she ask Arun concerning the situation?
7. Why does Arun enter the water so quickly despite not being able to swim well?
8. What happens one particularly hot and dusty day with Uma?
9. What is Arun's reaction to his first trip to the grocery store with Mrs. Patton?
10. How do Mama and Papa respond to Uma's outburst in Chapter 12?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author connects Uma's strange, almost epileptic, fits to religious or spiritual events. The first time Uma collapses in one of her fits, she is in the presence of Mother Agnes at the Catholic convent school. Uma spins out of control, writhes on the floor, and shrieks hysterically when Mira-Masi tells Uma that she has the mark of the Lord on her. It is not clear yet why these fits happen at these specific times; but the author may be trying to symbolize Uma's need for release from her imprisoned life. Spirituality may be one method of achieving some sort of freedom. The fits may also symbolize the precipice of a new life for Uma who is likened to an infant when the pilgrim at the ashram hits Uma on the back to restart her breathing just as if Uma is freshly born again.
a) Discuss the reasons Uma’s fits might be considered either an escape or defense mechanism.
b) Discuss the symbolism of Uma’s fits in relationship to life with Uma’s parents.
c) Do you think Uma has control over her fits? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Foreshadowing is used in almost all works of fiction. Discuss the following:
a) What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in Fasting, Feasting? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?
b) Discuss an example of foreshadowing in “Fasting, Feasting” including why you believe it is foreshadowing.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
a) Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
b) What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Fasting, Feasting and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Fasting, Feasting is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
c) Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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