Fasting, Feasting Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where is Melanie when Arun leaves the Patton household at the end of the book?

2. What particularly strikes Arun as he is walking to the Patton home?

3. What does Arun give Mrs. Patton as a parting gift?

4. What does Arun begin to do in order to be more like Americans?

5. What has Mrs. Patton not been able to overcome?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Patton feel about Arun being in her home?

2. What does Mrs. Patton encourage Arun to cook?

3. What does Arun think upon walking to the Patton house for the first time?

4. What is Rod Patton like?

5. What happens one particularly hot and dusty day with Uma?

6. How do Mama and Papa respond to Uma's outburst in Chapter 12?

7. How does the cashier at the grocery store upset Mrs. Patton and what does she ask Arun concerning the situation?

8. How does Arun feel when he finds Mrs. Patton sunbathing one day?

9. To what does Mrs. O'Henry invite Uma, and what do her parents feel about the event?

10. What does Arun receive from Uma before he moves out of the Patton home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action-driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven? Action-driven? How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Fasting, Feasting is? Explain your response.

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 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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