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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Inder Lal say that he agreed to the treatment that Ritu receives?
(a) The person recommending it healed with this treatment.
(b) Nothing else has worked.
(c) It is good for her soul.
(d) He meditated on the problem and believes this is the best course of action.

2. What is a sadhu?
(a) A holy man.
(b) An unforgivable sin.
(c) A blessing.
(d) A tomb painting.

3. Who does the narrator discover when she investigates the royal tomb on March 30th?
(a) Ritu.
(b) The angry English woman she met at the British bungalow.
(c) Inder Lal.
(d) Chid.

4. How does the narrator describe her relationship with her grandfather?
(a) She never met him.
(b) They disliked each other.
(c) She hardly remembers him.
(d) They were very close.

5. What does the narrator receive from Chid in Section 21?
(a) A plant.
(b) A robe.
(c) Money.
(d) Letters.

6. What does Maji say will happen after the pilgrimage party reaches the tree line of the mountain base?
(a) Ritu will proceed on her own.
(b) Ritu's healing will begin.
(c) Some will faint with joy.
(d) They will do a dance to thank the good spirits.

7. Where does the Nawab keep his pianos?
(a) In a beautiful conservatory with glass windows overlooking the garden.
(b) In the Grand Hall.
(c) In his private quarters.
(d) At the end of a log maze of halls and rooms.

8. What best describes the narrator's room when both Chid and Ritu are in it?
(a) It takes on a peace it did not have before.
(b) It is full of silent tension.
(c) It becomes a friendly haven for all three of them.
(d) It sounds like a religious war.

9. What do Karim and his friends think about the narrator's plans to visit India?
(a) That she will fit in effortlessly.
(b) That she will find the answers she is seeking.
(c) That modern India is an impossible place to live.
(d) That a Westerner won't last for a month.

10. What topic do Olivia and Douglas start to discuss during her growing friendship with the Nawab?
(a) Separation.
(b) Returning to England.
(c) Having children.
(d) Adopting an Indian child.

11. Who befriends the narrator and gets her good deals at the bazaar in Section 11?
(a) The tall woman who sells fruit.
(b) Inder Lal's mother.
(c) Ritu.
(d) Inder Lal.

12. How does Chid explain Ritu's screams?
(a) He says this is the best path for her to find enlightenment.
(b) He says this is her punishment for her sins.
(c) He says she is being treated by special infusions of a certain drug.
(d) He says she is being treated with red hot irons on her hands and feet.

13. What happens when Ritu visits the narrator in her room after she tries unsuccessfully to throw Chid out of her room?
(a) Ritu and Chid fight.
(b) Chid seems to calm Ritu.
(c) Ritus starts chanting with Chid.
(d) Ritu curls up in a corner and starts shrieking.

14. Who does not agree that a suttee is a form of suicide?
(a) Only Beth Crawford.
(b) Olivia and Beth Crawford.
(c) Major Minnies and Olivia.
(d) Douglas and Dr. Saunders.

15. Where is Ritu going on her pilgrimage?
(a) To the River of Tears.
(b) To an ashram near Bombay.
(c) To the Himalayas.
(d) To a shrine for sick women.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who goes with Ritu on her pilgrimage to the Himalayas?

2. What best describes Chid as a houseguest?

3. Who does the narrator say her grandmother is in the first section of the novel?

4. What prompts the narrator to investigate the royal tomb on March 30th?

5. What does Chid ask the narrator for in Section 21?

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