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. Why does Inder Lal say that he agreed to the treatment that Ritu receives?

2. What does Chid ask the narrator for in Section 21?

3. What paperwork does the narrator keep on her small desk in Part 1, Section 3?

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

5. Who befriends the narrator and gets her good deals at the bazaar in Section 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why don't Ritu's screams in Section 18 bother Chid?

2. Is the narrator's decision to stay in India indicative of her approval or disapproval of Olivia's life and decisions?

3. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

4. Do you think Chid is a sadhu?

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

6. Why is the location of the narrator's first act of intimacy with Inder Lal significant?

7. How do Inder Lal and the narrator become closer at their visit to the Nawab's palace?

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

9. Describe the behavior and actions of the midwives during Olivia's abortion.

10. How does Olivia feel about her pregnancy in Section 32?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select two characters from the story that have different perspectives of the same event. Write two letters, one from each character addressed to the other, describing their event and what happened. For example, you might use Douglas and the Nawab's account of Olivia's pregnancy, Chid and Inder Lal's perceptions of the narrator's journey, or Dr. Saunders' and the Begum's perception of Olivia's abortion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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