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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 in ancient India was a practice of choosing a life partner from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age?
2. With whom does Kovalan have an affair with in The Mispaired Anklet?
3. Kannagi would have redemption in how many days, according to the gods in The Mispaired Anklet?
4. What step-brother of Ravana's is a man of great respectability because of his tapas?
5. Who is the mother of the five Pandava brothers in Draupadi?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Savitri's father with when she announces who she chooses for a husband? What is his reply?
2. Describe the figure of Valmiki. What great work did he compose?
3. What do the king and queen of Madurai do upon learning of the wrongs done to Kovalan in The Mispaired Anklet? What does Kannagi do?
4. What is Sita's reaction to Ravana once she has been kidnapped?
5. Why does Ravana attack his brother? What does he steal from him?
6. Why is Asvapati praying in the beginning of Savitri? To whom does he pray?
7. What does Vibhishana suggest Ravana do rather than fight?
8. Who arrives to save Sita in Ravana? What does he do to free her?
9. Why do Ravana and his brothers go into seclusion? What does Ravana gain?
10. Who named Ravana? Describe his family.
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
Discuss, analyze and compare Chudala and Sikhi-Dhvaja. How are the husband and wife different in this story? What similarities do they share?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss the Ramayana and Mahabharata. How many stories in Gods, Demons, and Others are derived from these texts? When were they written?
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