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 does the narrator's new friend take her in Section 11?

2. What best describes the royal tombs visited by the narrator in Section 13?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the wish that the narrator makes with the red strings, and why?

3. Describe the narrator's actions in the hospital ward that result in her being treated differently by the other people there.

4. Are Mrs. Saunders and Olivia similar, based on their first meeting in Section 8?

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

6. Describe Maji.

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

8. What kind of a person is Chid when the narrator first meets him in Section 7?

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

10. Describe Dr. Saunders' opinion of Olivia in Section 35.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do the characters in Heat and Dust create their own destinies, or has life thrust circumstances upon them? Analyze this question for any 3 characters in the story. Be sure to select at least one character from Olivia's time and one from the minor time. Consider expectations, behavior, circumstances and attitudes.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the author effectively uses nature or weather to develop one of the story lines listed below:

1) Olivia and the narrator's pregnancies.

2) Olivia's marriage to Douglas and relationship with the Nawab.

3) The narrator's exploration of Olivia's life.

4) Ritu's ailments.

Essay Topic 3

Consider each character listed below and their experience with the opposite sex in Heat and Dust. Using evidence from the novel, support the argument that the character's life has been or not been negatively impacted by that experience.

1) The Nawab.

2) The Narrator.

3) Inder Lal.

4) Olivia.

5) Ritu.

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