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 Harry tell Olivia that the Nawab says about her baby?

2. Who does Olivia first tell about her pregnancy?

3. What is different about Chid when he returns on August 15th?

4. What does the person who interrupts Olivia's abortion do?

5. How does the doctor at the hospital ward respond to Chid and the narrator?

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

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

The use of religion and culture to justify a character's actions occurs in different ways in Heat and Dust.

1) Find 3 incidences of these occurrences and discuss their impact on the story.

2) Explain the differing attitudes toward abortion that are seen in the story.

3) Choose a character from the novel and explain how he or she is judged based on that person's religious or cultural beliefs.

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