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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. Because his brother had attempted to advise him, Ravana decides to march upon his land, vanquish him, and steal which of his possessions?
3. Who is referred to as chief of the minor gods in Nala?
4. Which of Rama's brothers does Viswamitra invite to accompany him to help protect sacrifices that are being meddled with by demons?
5. How many heads did Ravana have at birth?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Asvapati praying in the beginning of Savitri? To whom does he pray?
2. Who does Savitri discover by her husband in the forest in Savitri? What does she say to him?
3. Describe King Nala. Who visits him in the beginning of the story Nala?
4. Where does King Nala find himself after Damayanti's Swayamwara is announced?
5. What does Vibhishana suggest Ravana do rather than fight?
6. Why do Ravana and his brothers go into seclusion? What does Ravana gain?
7. What does a serpent give Nala in repayment for saving him?
8. Who arrives to save Sita in Ravana? What does he do to free her?
9. How does Ravana die?
10. Who comes to order Ravana to stop moving a mountain? What is his response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the characters of Draupadi, Yudhistira, Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula, Shadeless, and Kunthi. Who are the parents of the Pandava brothers? Where do they live?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the plot structure and settings of Yayati. What are the story's central themes? How do the characters react to temptation in this narrative? How does it relate to the other stories in the anthology?
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