Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard 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 do Sampath’s responses to visitors include?

2. What does Mr. Chawla do that makes noise when he showers?

3. With what does Kulfi bribe the butcher?

4. Who wants to expose Sampath as a fraud?

5. In Chapter 5, what does Sampath tell his mother he wants?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sampath do when he leaves the bus in Chapter 6?

2. How does Sampath amaze Jyotsna with his knowledge?

3. What does Mr. Chawla do about his wife’s pregnancy? What does his mother suggest, and what does Kulfi do?

4. In Chapter 8, how is the Chawla family taking care of Sampath in the tree?

5. What does Sampath do when he is given a pile of letters at work in Chapter 4?

6. What does Kulfi do when Sampath’s father is talking to him about getting fired? What happens after Sampath takes Kulfi’s offering?

7. How did Kulfi end up married to Mr. Chawla?

8. Why does the reporter from the atheist society think Sampath might be on drugs, and what does the reporter decide to do?

9. Why does a reporter from the atheist society talk to Sampath, and what happens when he does talk to Sampath?

10. What does Mr. Chawla do in the mornings before work? What is he like with his family in the mornings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is one way for an author to convey big ideas and concepts to readers.

Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. Are these universal symbols that would have the same meaning in any culture? What other symbols could portray the same idea? Why do you think Desai chooses the symbols he does? Consider symbols such as the guava tree, the monkey troupe, and the Hungry Hop boy, and Kulfi’s hunger.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in almost all works of fiction. Discuss the following:

What is foreshadowing? Identify three instances of foreshadowing in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and what they foreshadow? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense? Are there any incidences that you thought foreshadows a future event, but it does not do so?

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Chawla reads aloud the article about the former post office employee who is living in a guava tree. The child-like man is spiritual in nature and has "unfathomable wisdom."

What do you think the author is implying about children and wisdom with the mention of this newspaper article? Explain the irony that Sampath is considered wise when his use of information he obtained by being dishonest is the cause of people seeing him as wise.

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