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 happens when Olivia plays the piano for the Nawab?

2. Who is the recipient of Olivia's letters that are in the narrator's possession?

3. What is the Begum?

4. Why does Inder Lal say that he agreed to the treatment that Ritu receives?

5. What is the relationship between Tessie and Beth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the narrator's room in Satipur City.

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

4. Describe Chid's transformation in Section 28.

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

6. Do you think Chid is a sadhu?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Heat and Dust the narrator keeps her child and heads off to live on the mountainside. Explain the changes that she has experienced that allow her to make this move and these decisions at this point in her life. Consider the theme of appearance versus reality, the power of choice, and the ability to change in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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