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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 word means buffalo in Sanskrit?

2. The goddess Devi sends word that she wants Mahisha to either come and face her, or return where?

3. Kumbha claims that the curse put on him makes him turn into ___________ every night.

4. What does Lavana find himself alone with, which he cannot chase or tame in Lavana?

5. What beautiful young princess does Sikhi-Dhvaja's father arrange for him to marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the struggle between the gods and demons described in the beginning of Yayati?

2. How does Yayati encounter Deyayani in the story Yayati?

3. What does Chudala do in order to find her happiness? What does Sikhi-Dhvaia note about her change?

4. Who does Sikhi-Dhvaia's father arrange for him to marry? What is their marriage like?

5. What is King Chedi's response to his dinner invitation in the beginning of Viswamitra? How is it explained?

6. What does King Chedi come upon in the beginning of Viswamitra?

7. What is the objective of Mahishasura, according to the storyteller in the beginning of Devi?

8. What happens when Kacha decides to return to the god-world in Yayati?

9. How does the story Devi conclude? Who kills Mahisha?

10. What causes King Lavana to leave his home with his family in Lavana? How does he return?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Indra, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Mahishasura in Devi. Do these gods hold a definitive role in the stories, or do they transform in each?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Valmiki and Rama. What is the definition of the Adi Kavi, and how did Valmiki earn this title?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the elements of Hindu faith and belief in Chudala and Lavana. What morals are upheld in each of these stories? How do the stories relate to Christian parables?

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