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 is the narrator called in Part 1 Section 4?

2. What does the narrator decide to discuss with Inder Lal after Ritu's screaming episode in her room?

3. What do Karim and his friends think about the narrator's plans to visit India?

4. Why does Harry return to the palace after staying with Olivia and Douglas for several days?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Olivia write to Marcia in Section 16?

2. Based on her actions in Section 23, is the narrator a kindhearted person?

3. Does the narrator trust Maji?

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

5. Compare Chid's letters in Section 21 to Olivia's letters.

6. What is Satipur like in Section 17?

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

8. Describe Maji.

9. Describe the relationship between Inder Lal's mother and Ritu.

10. Explain the importance of the red strings in Section 26.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Heat and Dust, the narrator explores the life of a woman who lives in a different era, while living in a culture different from her own. Answer the following questions with these points in mind.

1) Is Ritu's treatment by her husband, mother-in-law and the narrator acceptable? Explain.

2) Why is Olivia's behavior so readily condemned by her English peers?

3) Explain why the old beggar woman who dies in Maji's arms is pivotal to the narrator's journey.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Much of Heat and Dust is the study of contrasts between the Eastern and Western cultures. Explore that concept as you answer these questions:

1) What preconceived notions do the English in Olivia's time bring with them to India that shape their experiences in that culture? Use at least 3 specific character examples in your answer.

2) How do the Nawab and Chid adapt to cultures that are different from the ones they were raised in? What effects do their actions have on them and on those around them?

3) How do Harry and Maji represent the clash of, or integration of, different cultures in this story?

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