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

2. What happens when Olivia plays the piano for the Nawab?

3. What does the palace watchman give to the narrator?

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

5. Who says, at the Crawford's dinner party, that if a woman wants to throw her life away for her religion it is her choice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Olivia want a child in Section 20?

3. What does Inder Lal think of India?

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

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

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

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

8. How do Ritu's screams and Chid's chants affect the narrator in Section17?

9. What do Douglas and the Nawab represent in Section 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout Heat and Dust, numerous references are made about India and Illness. Locate 3 such references in the novel. Analyze each one for its accuracy based upon the story, the impact this comment has on characters or events, and how the comment impacts the reader's experience of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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