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 topic do Olivia and Douglas start to discuss during her growing friendship with the Nawab?

2. Where is Ritu going on her pilgrimage?

3. Why does Harry tell the narrator and Mrs. Crawford that he has only been to the Nawab's mountain chalet once?

4. How does Olivia feel when she is first invited to visit the Nawab's palace with Douglas in 1923?

5. What does Inder Lal's mother do to calm the screaming person in the courtyard the night of March 9th?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

2. Why is the narrator motivated to travel to India?

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

4. How do the men react when Olivia first reveals that she is pregnant?

5. How does the Nawab show his contempt for Saunders in Section 24?

6. Does the narrator trust Maji?

7. Describe Olivia's feelings about and prior to the dinner party that she and Douglas attend at the Nawab's palace in Section 6.

8. Describe the narrator's clothing and her reasons for choosing them in Section 4.

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

10. Explain the phrase, "Things get mixed up in India."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism occurs in many forms in Heat and Dust. Select 3 symbolic items from the list below, or elsewhere in the story. Answer the questions that follow about those 3 items. Red strings, the piano, Olivia's letters, Chid's robe, the Nawab's palace, the Saunders' baby's grave, the grove, Baba Firdau's shrine, the royal tombs, Maji's hut.

1) Explain the significance this item has to the story and to specific characters.

2) Relate the symbolic item to the culture in which it exists.

3) Discuss what the story would lose without the inclusion of this symbolic item.

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

At the end of Heat and Dust the narrator keeps her child and heads off to live on the mountainside. Explain the changes that she has experienced that allow her to make this move and these decisions at this point in her life. Consider the theme of appearance versus reality, the power of choice, and the ability to change in your answer.

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