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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. What does Olivia see in the room with the Nawab's pianos?
(a) A painting of his first wife.
(b) A child-size bicycle.
(c) Rusting camera equipment.
(d) A painting of herself.

2. What best describes the royal tombs visited by the narrator in Section 13?
(a) Gilt with gold and very ornate.
(b) Enclosed by arches and dark.
(c) Crumbling to the ground.
(d) Simple and peaceful.

3. What does Chid wear?
(a) A beggar's badge.
(b) A soldier's uniform.
(c) A very worn straw farmer's hat.
(d) An orange Indian ascetic's robe.

4. What does Chid ask the narrator for in Section 21?
(a) Forgiveness.
(b) His drinking cup.
(c) Her journal.
(d) Money.

5. What best describes the Nawab's palace during the narrator's first visit?
(a) Gloomy and crumbling.
(b) Ornate and impressive.
(c) Practically empty.
(d) Bustling with activity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What prompts the narrator to investigate the royal tomb on March 30th?

2. Who awakens the narrator by screaming in the courtyard on March 9th?

3. Describe the pianos that the Nawab shows to Olivia.

4. According to the narrator's first journal entry, where does she spend her first night in Bombay?

5. Who does not agree that a suttee is a form of suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is the narrator's decision to stay in India indicative of her approval or disapproval of Olivia's life and decisions?

2. Are Mrs. Saunders and Olivia similar, based on their first meeting in Section 8?

3. Explain the phrase, "Things get mixed up in India."

4. Why don't Ritu's screams in Section 18 bother Chid?

5. How does Chid treat the people and things in his life?

6. Why does Inder Lal's mother take Ritu on the pilgrimage?

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

8. Is Maji sympathetic to the narrator?

9. Does the narrator trust Maji?

10. Describe the beggar the narrator notices and helps in Section 23.

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