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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who tells the narrator that nothing human is important in India?
(a) Tessie.
(b) The hotel owner.
(c) Marcia.
(d) A missionary.

2. Why was Baba Firdau's shrine built?
(a) To grant fertility to the Nawab and his wife.
(b) To honor one who gave shelter to an ancestor of the Nawab.
(c) To honor the Nawab's great grandmother.
(d) To bless the harvest.

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

4. What does the narrator decide to discuss with Inder Lal after Ritu's screaming episode in her room?
(a) Psychiatric treatment.
(b) Evicting Chid.
(c) Having Ritu go to a hospital.
(d) Having Ritu stay with her.

5. Who volunteers to take the narrator to the Nawab's palace in Khatm for the first time?
(a) Mr. Crawford.
(b) Douglas.
(c) Inder Lal.
(d) Harry.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Inder Lal's mother do to calm the screaming person in the courtyard the night of March 9th?

2. What does the narrator say she learns about the house where Olivia and Douglas used to live in the February 16th journal entry?

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

4. Who gives Olivia's letters to Marcia?

5. What is a sadhu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How will the pilgrimage help Ritu?

2. Why does Olivia want a child in Section 20?

3. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

4. Describe the narrator's clothing and her reasons for choosing them in Section 4.

5. Describe Harry's argument with Olivia in Section 22.

6. Describe the seasonal changes and its relationship to the story in Section 32.

7. Compare Chid's letters in Section 21 to Olivia's letters.

8. Explain the importance of the piano in Section 20.

9. Is the narrator helping Chid when she lets him stay with her in Section 14?

10. How does Olivia feel about her pregnancy in Section 32?

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