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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 tell the narrator that his mother selected Ritu as his wife?
(a) She has all her teeth.
(b) She can read and write.
(c) She is uneducated.
(d) She brought a good dowry.

2. Why does the narrator tell Inder Lal that she is in India (other than for Olivia's letters)?
(a) To build a future.
(b) To pursue a dream.
(c) To find herself.
(d) To escape the materialism of the West.

3. Who is the recipient of Olivia's letters that are in the narrator's possession?
(a) Marcia.
(b) Mrs. Saunders.
(c) Ritu.
(d) Beth.

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

5. How long does Maji say it will take Ritu to reach the destination on the pilgrimage?
(a) 42 days.
(b) Weeks and months of traveling.
(c) A matter of days.
(d) A year and a day.

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

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

8. How does the narrator describe Baba Firdau's shrine?
(a) Poorly maintained.
(b) It is full of phallic symbols and fertility icons.
(c) She never sees it.
(d) It is simple and radiates peace.

9. Who recommended the treatment that Ritu is receiving that makes her scream?
(a) A psychiatrist.
(b) Inder Lal's mother.
(c) It is a common treatment in Satipur.
(d) Chid.

10. What happens when Olivia plays the piano for the Nawab?
(a) He breaks down in tears.
(b) He sits down at the other piano and plays.
(c) He loses interest and leaves.
(d) He starts to sing.

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

12. Why does the narrator start sleeping in the outdoor courtyard with Inder Lal's family?
(a) To be close to Inder Lal.
(b) To escape the rodents.
(c) To see the stars.
(d) To escape the heat.

13. What is the Begum?
(a) The Indian term for an English woman's gloves.
(b) A traditional Indian game.
(c) The Nawab's mother.
(d) The tree outside of Mrs. Saunders' window.

14. What does the narrator say she learns about the house where Olivia and Douglas used to live in the February 16th journal entry?
(a) It houses a post office substation.
(b) It is for sale.
(c) It has been torn down.
(d) It is condemned.

15. Why is the person the narrator discovers inside the royal tomb there, in Section 13?
(a) The person is sick with fever.
(b) The person is praying.
(c) The person is being held prisoner.
(d) The person is hiding.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the religious significance of Baba Firdau's shrine?

2. Why does Harry tell the narrator and Mrs. Crawford that he has only been to the Nawab's mountain chalet once?

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

4. Who gives Olivia's letters to Marcia?

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

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