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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. Who is Nala's brother that challenges Nala to a game of dice?
2. Which of Rama's emissaries is the son of the god of wind and endowed with extreme strength in Ravana?
3. Asvapati is the ruler of what kingdom in the story Savitri?
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. What does a serpent give Nala in repayment for saving him?
3. Where does Nala leave Damayanti behind in Nala? Why?
4. What do Ravana and his brothers do when they come out from seclusion?
5. Who comes to order Ravana to stop moving a mountain? What is his response?
6. What causes the downfall of Kovalan in The Mispaired Anklet?
7. What moral lesson is relayed in the story of Draupadi?
8. How does Ravana die?
9. What is Sita's reaction to Ravana once she has been kidnapped?
10. Describe King Nala. Who visits him in the beginning of the story Nala?
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 the desire for immortality by the asuras in Devi. What is the driving force of "evil," according to R. K. Narayan's perspective? What defines "good"?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss Valmiki and Rama. What is the definition of the Adi Kavi, and how did Valmiki earn this title?
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