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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 happens when Ritu visits the narrator in her room after she tries unsuccessfully to throw Chid out of her room?
(a) Chid seems to calm Ritu.
(b) Ritu and Chid fight.
(c) Ritu curls up in a corner and starts shrieking.
(d) Ritus starts chanting with Chid.

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

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

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

5. What is the Begum?
(a) The Indian term for an English woman's gloves.
(b) The tree outside of Mrs. Saunders' window.
(c) The Nawab's mother.
(d) A traditional Indian game.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Maji say will happen after the pilgrimage party reaches the tree line of the mountain base?

2. What is the religious significance of Baba Firdau's shrine?

3. Who does the narrator say her grandmother is in the first section of the novel?

4. What does Harry tell the narrator and Mrs. Crawford about his mother in Section 15?

5. What is a sadhu?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

3. Describe the relationship between Inder Lal's mother and Ritu.

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

5. Explain how Olivia reveals the details of her pregnancy to the possible fathers.

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

7. How will the pilgrimage help Ritu?

8. Is Chid a tolerant person?

9. What is Satipur like in Section 17?

10. How do Ritu's screams and Chid's chants affect the narrator in Section17?

(see the answer keys)

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