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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a suttee?
(a) A religious suicide of a widow.
(b) A religious icon of an older woman.
(c) A fertility symbol.
(d) A long mat used for praying.

2. What does Chid do when someone gives him a guava or a banana?
(a) Hoards it near his sleeping mat.
(b) Shares it with the narrator.
(c) Gives profuse thanks and then gives it to a hungry child.
(d) Eats it himself and leaves the peel on the floor.

3. Who decides that Ritu will go on a pilgrimage?
(a) The village women.
(b) Ritu.
(c) Chid.
(d) Inder Lal.

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

5. What game do Olivia and Nawab play when he first takes her to the grove?
(a) Charades.
(b) The Begum.
(c) Musical chairs.
(d) Hide and go seek.

6. Whose father died from a stroke when he was only 15?
(a) Douglas.
(b) Mr. Crawford.
(c) Mr. Saunders.
(d) The Nawab.

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

8. Why does Harry tell the narrator and Mrs. Crawford that he has only been to the Nawab's mountain chalet once?
(a) The Begum doesn't like it.
(b) The fire made it unlivable.
(c) He was forbidden to return after that first visit.
(d) It holds bitter memories for the Nawab.

9. What does Inder Lal's mother do to calm the screaming person in the courtyard the night of March 9th?
(a) Sings and rocks the person back to sleep.
(b) Gives the person a ginger and honey tea.
(c) Slaps the person in the face.
(d) Sprinkles rice and utters incantations.

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

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

12. Where does the narrator say she is staying in her February 16th entry?
(a) In the A's Hotel.
(b) In a room above the saloon.
(c) In a room above a cloth shop.
(d) In Marcia's small hut outside of Satipur.

13. Who gives Olivia's letters to Marcia?
(a) Harry.
(b) Beth.
(c) Douglas.
(d) An anonymous source.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Ritu sent on a pilgrimage?

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

3. How does the narrator describe Chid?

4. What is the relationship between Tessie and Beth?

5. How does the narrator describe Baba Firdau's shrine?

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