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. Who does the narrator discover when she investigates the royal tomb on March 30th?

2. Why does Major Minnies consider "Husband's Wedding Day" a problem?

3. Where is Baba Firdau's shrine?

4. How does the narrator describe Chid?

5. How does the narrator describe Baba Firdau's shrine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Chid's letters in Section 21 to Olivia's letters.

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

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

4. Explain how the narrator tells Chid and Inder Lal about her pregnancy in Section 28.

5. Describe Olivia and Douglas's relationship in Section 23.

6. What is Satipur like in Section 17?

7. Describe Maji.

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

9. Is Chid a tolerant person?

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

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

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?

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