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 Chid explain Ritu's screams?

2. Who says she came to India to find peace, but only got dysentery?

3. How does the narrator describe her relationship with her grandfather?

4. Why was Baba Firdau's shrine built?

5. What do Olivia and Douglas argue about when the prince extends a second visit to the palace?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Inder Lal's mother take Ritu on the pilgrimage?

3. Describe the narrator's first night, and impressions of, Bombay.

4. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

5. Why does Douglas accept the Nawab's presence in his home so readily in Section 12?

6. Why does the narrator write to Chid's family in Section 31?

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

8. Describe Chid's appearance when the narrator finds him in the royal tomb.

9. Explain the importance of the piano in Section 20.

10. How does the narrator feel upon discovering that she is pregnant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Heat and Dust, the role of each character adds depth to the message of the novel. Choose 3 characters listed below. For each, examine how the role each one plays, or refuses to play, helps to advance the storyline.

1) The Narrator.

2) Maji.

3) The Nawab.

4) Harry.

5) Chid.

6) Olivia.

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