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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

Much of Heat and Dust is the study of contrasts between the Eastern and Western cultures. Explore that concept as you answer these questions:

1) What preconceived notions do the English in Olivia's time bring with them to India that shape their experiences in that culture? Use at least 3 specific character examples in your answer.

2) How do the Nawab and Chid adapt to cultures that are different from the ones they were raised in? What effects do their actions have on them and on those around them?

3) How do Harry and Maji represent the clash of, or integration of, different cultures in this story?

Essay Topic 2

Inder Lal, the narrator, Olivia and the Nawab all carry on affairs while married or with someone who is married.

1)Is any one of these deceptions more acceptable than the others? For instance, is it more okay for the narrator to have the affair than Inder Lal because she is unmarried?

2) How does the act of deception affect the character's future in the story?

3) What other acts of deception occur in the novel, and how do they impact the characters involved?

Essay Topic 3

The relationships explored in Heat and Dust span generations, cultures and bloodlines. Of course, the connection between Olivia and the narrator is intriguing as they are not related by blood, and will never meet, yet Olivia's life is having a strong impact on the narrator's. Analyze the following aspects of this unique relationship.

1) Is Olivia a good person? Is the narrator?

2) Is it disloyal of the narrator to give so much attention and energy to the woman who betrayed her grandfather?

3) How would the story be different if the narrator was able to meet Olivia?

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