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. 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

The power to change one's self and transform one's circumstances is a theme in Heat and Dust.

1) Explain how the dual stories of Olivia and the narrator reflect this theme.

2) Discuss the impact of setting and nature on a personal transformation in the story.

3) What one character transformation that did NOT occur in the story could have changed the entire course of the novel? Explain your answer.

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

Throughout Heat and Dust, the narrator discovers negative traits about Olivia, yet this only seems to fuel her desire to discover more about this intriguing woman.

1) Compare and contrast the things that motivate Olivia and the narrator.

2) Explain how positive and negative traits in the narrator inspire her to learn about Olivia.

3) Explain how Olivia's decisions impact the narrator's decisions.

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