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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. What does the palace watchman give to the narrator?

2. What do the narrator and the person or people who accompany her on Husband's Wedding Day do once they are there?

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

4. According to Olivia's letters, where do Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Minnies go together in 1923?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the importance of the red strings in Section 26.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the author effectively uses nature or weather to develop one of the story lines listed below:

1) Olivia and the narrator's pregnancies.

2) Olivia's marriage to Douglas and relationship with the Nawab.

3) The narrator's exploration of Olivia's life.

4) Ritu's ailments.

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

Symbolism occurs in many forms in Heat and Dust. Select 3 symbolic items from the list below, or elsewhere in the story. Answer the questions that follow about those 3 items. Red strings, the piano, Olivia's letters, Chid's robe, the Nawab's palace, the Saunders' baby's grave, the grove, Baba Firdau's shrine, the royal tombs, Maji's hut.

1) Explain the significance this item has to the story and to specific characters.

2) Relate the symbolic item to the culture in which it exists.

3) Discuss what the story would lose without the inclusion of this symbolic item.

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