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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where is Baba Firdau's shrine?
(a) On palace grounds.
(b) Next to the suttee shrine.
(c) In Satipur.
(d) In Khatm.

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

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

9. 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 is for sale.
(b) It houses a post office substation.
(c) It is condemned.
(d) It has been torn down.

10. How does the narrator describe Chid?
(a) He's seeking for answers.
(b) He's always hungry for sleep and sex.
(c) He's a bit of calm in a storm of chaos.
(d) He carries an aura of danger.

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

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

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

14. What does Inder Lal say about his belief in evil spirits?
(a) He does not believe in evil spirits.
(b) He believes that evil spirits cannot enter a virtuous person.
(c) He believes that evil spirits are all around us.
(d) He does not believe in any type of God or spirits.

15. 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 is excited to show off her dress and jewels.
(c) She is intimidated by the idea of meeting royalty.
(d) She dreads spending time with stuffy government types.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the townspeople treat Chid?

2. Why does Major Minnies consider "Husband's Wedding Day" a problem?

3. Where is Ritu going on her pilgrimage?

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

5. Who accompanies the narrator to Husband's Wedding Day?

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