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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 Topic 1
Many minor characters in Heat and Dust have an important role in the story and a huge impact on other characters. Choose characters below and discuss the impact or the role that this person has on other characters in the novel.
4) Mrs. Saunders.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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