Heat and Dust Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Olivia ask Harry to do in Section 32?

2. What is true of Maji?

3. What does Maji say about the narrator's plans in the last section of the story?

4. When does Olivia cease writing letters to Marcia?

5. What does the narrator do when she first wonders if the beggar woman she sees in Section 23 is dead?

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

Analyze the roles of tradition and symbolism in Heat and Dust. Be sure to explain how the examples you give helped or hindered the people involved, why they chose to participate in acts or events, and why the symbols or symbolic acts or traditions were meaningful to the plot and storyline.

Essay Topic 3

The power to change one's self and transform one's circumstances is a theme in Heat and Dust. 1) Explain how the dual stories of Olivia and the narrator reflect this theme. 2) Discuss the impact of setting and nature on a personal transformation in the story. 3) What one character transformation that did NOT occur in the story could have changed the entire course of the novel? Explain your answer.

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