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. Where is Ritu going on her pilgrimage?

2. Why does Inder Lal tell the narrator that his mother selected Ritu as his wife?

3. Who does not agree that a suttee is a form of suicide?

4. How does Chid's chanting affect the narrator?

5. How does the narrator explain her spiritual calling to Inder Lal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the beggar the narrator notices and helps in Section 23.

3. How does the narrator feel upon discovering that she is pregnant?

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

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

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. Describe Chid's health in Section 30.

8. Why does the Begum visit Olivia during the abortion?

9. Why does Douglas accept the Nawab's presence in his home so readily in Section 12?

10. What does the narrator reveal about Douglas's life in Section 30?

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

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

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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