Heat and Dust Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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 2

In Heat and Dust, the narrator explores the life of a woman who lives in a different era, while living in a culture different from her own. Answer the following questions with these points in mind.

1) Is Ritu's treatment by her husband, mother-in-law and the narrator acceptable? Explain.

2) Why is Olivia's behavior so readily condemned by her English peers?

3) Explain why the old beggar woman who dies in Maji's arms is pivotal to the narrator's journey.

Essay Topic 3

The use of religion and culture to justify a character's actions occurs in different ways in Heat and Dust.

1) Find 3 incidences of these occurrences and discuss their impact on the story.

2) Explain the differing attitudes toward abortion that are seen in the story.

3) Choose a character from the novel and explain how he or she is judged based on that person's religious or cultural beliefs.

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