Heat and Dust Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Olivia feel when she is first invited to visit the Nawab's palace with Douglas in 1923?

2. What happens when Olivia plays the piano for the Nawab?

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

4. Where does Chid recover from his fever?

5. What is the Begum?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the narrator's room in Satipur City.

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

5. Describe the behavior and actions of the midwives during Olivia's abortion.

6. Describe Chid's transformation in Section 28.

7. Do you think Chid is a sadhu?

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

9. Describe Dr. Saunders' opinion of Olivia in Section 35.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Heat and Dust, numerous references are made about India and Illness. Locate 3 such references in the novel. Analyze each one for its accuracy based upon the story, the impact this comment has on characters or events, and how the comment impacts the reader's experience of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Heat and Dust is told from the narrator's first person journal entries and from Olivia's first person accounts in her letters to Marcia.

1) What is gained and lost from the author's use of this perspective for the story?

2) Who else could have told this story and what would the impact of their different viewpoint be?

3) If the narrator did not have Olivia's letters, but had heard of her story through oral accounts, how might the story change?

Essay Topic 3

The amount of freedom and choice varies greatly among the characters in Heat and Dust. Compare and contrast how each set of characters below is trapped by, wastes or uses their given freedom in the story.

1) Douglas and the Nawab.

2) Olivia and the Narrator.

3) Chid and Ritu.

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