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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. Why does the narrator say she buys Indian clothing after settling into her new place in Satipur?
(a) Her suitcase of clothing is stolen.
(b) She wants to fit in.
(c) It is feminine and alluring.
(d) It is cheaper and cooler.

2. Why is Ritu sent on a pilgrimage?
(a) To heal her ailments.
(b) To represent the village.
(c) To pray for rain.
(d) To heal a sick child.

3. According to Olivia's letters, where do Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Minnies go together in 1923?
(a) Ktahm.
(b) France.
(c) Simla.
(d) England.

4. 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.

5. Who visits Olivia four days after she and Douglas attend their first dinner party at the palace?
(a) Major Minnies.
(b) Mr. Crawford.
(c) The Nawab.
(d) Mrs. Crawford.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who volunteers to take the narrator to the Nawab's palace in Khatm for the first time?

2. Who accompanies the narrator to the royal tombs in Section 13?

3. What is the narrator called in Part 1 Section 4?

4. Who decides that Ritu will go on a pilgrimage?

5. What best describes Chid as a houseguest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the narrator motivated to travel to India?

3. How do Inder Lal and the narrator become closer at their visit to the Nawab's palace?

4. What kind of a person is Chid when the narrator first meets him in Section 7?

5. How does the narrator feel upon discovering that she is pregnant?

6. What does the narrator reveal about Douglas's life in Section 30?

7. How will the pilgrimage help Ritu?

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

9. What do Douglas and the Nawab represent in Section 16?

10. Why does the narrator decide to travel to the town of X in the final chapter?

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