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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the palace watchman give to the narrator?
(a) Rock sugar and flower petals.
(b) Mango leaves.
(c) A key.
(d) The rupees she drops on the way in.

2. What prompts the narrator to investigate the royal tomb on March 30th?
(a) A symbol she sees on the outside of the tomb.
(b) Something she read at the library.
(c) A loud groaning.
(d) Something in Olivia's letters.

3. Why is Mrs. Saunders ill when Olivia first meets her?
(a) She lost a child.
(b) She lost her husband.
(c) She has dysentery.
(d) She has malaria.

4. According to Olivia's letters, where do Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Minnies go together in 1923?
(a) Ktahm.
(b) England.
(c) France.
(d) Simla.

5. Who accompanies the narrator to the royal tombs in Section 13?
(a) Inder Lal.
(b) Ritu.
(c) Inder Lal's mother.
(d) Chid.

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

7. How does Chid's chanting affect the narrator?
(a) It lulls her to sleep.
(b) It's just another background noise.
(c) She finds it unbearable.
(d) She finds it peaceful

8. What is the religious significance of Baba Firdau's shrine?
(a) It is believed to restore youth and energy to the aging.
(b) It is sacred for the blessing of young men just coming of age.
(c) It is sacred for women who want to become pregnant.
(d) It is believed to be a place of healing.

9. What paperwork does the narrator keep on her small desk in Part 1, Section 3?
(a) Olivia's letters and the map to the palace.
(b) Her journal, Tessie's diary and a Hindi grammar book.
(c) Olivia's letters, her journal and a guide to India.
(d) Olivia's letters, her journal and a Hindi grammar book.

10. How does Olivia feel when she is first invited to visit the Nawab's palace with Douglas in 1923?
(a) She dreads spending time with stuffy government types.
(b) She is excited to talk to Mrs. Crawford and other women.
(c) She is excited to show off her dress and jewels.
(d) She is intimidated by the idea of meeting royalty.

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

12. What best describes Chid as a houseguest?
(a) Quiet as a mouse.
(b) Helpful and unobtrusive.
(c) Noisy and clumsy.
(d) Lazy and messy.

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

14. What does the narrator notice about the relationship between Ritu and Inder Lal's mother?
(a) Ritu obeys her mother-in-law.
(b) Ritu dotes on her mother-in-law.
(c) Ritu is abused by her mother-in-law.
(d) Ritu is openly hostile to her mother-in-law.

15. What do Olivia and Douglas argue about when the prince extends a second visit to the palace?
(a) The fact that the Crawfords are not invited.
(b) What to bring to the prince.
(c) If it's appropriate to go during a holy time.
(d) The fact that the Minnies are not invited.

Short Answer Questions

1. What best describes the narrator's morning routine at her room in Satipur?

2. When Chid visits the narrator, what does she do with her papers?

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

4. Where does the narrator say she is staying in her February 16th entry?

5. Why won't the narrator have sex with Chid in Section 17?

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