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. When Sampath is first born, what does he seem like to Kulfi?

2. What does Mr. Chawla sell to orchard visitors in Chapter 10?

3. What brings Sampath joy in Chapter 2?

4. What does Kulfi tell the rest of the family about Sampath in Chapter 6?

5. What are Amma and Kulfi doing at the orchard in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mr. Chawla feel towards Sampath at breakfast in Chapter 3? What does he do, and what is Sampath’s response?

3. How does Kulfi feel about Sampath living in the tree, and what does she do for him?

4. What is going on with Sampath at the beginning of Chapter 2?

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

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

7. In Chapter 10, what does the family finally do about Sampath staying in the orchard, and how does Mr. Chawla set it up?

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

9. What is the problem in Shahkot, India, and what are some of the ways the people think to try and solve the problem?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pinky is struggling with her life. She is trying to cope with a domineering father and a mother who has virtually abandoned her.

Discuss the ways in which Pinky’s life has been made both better and worse by her brother’s move to the orchard and his growing fame. Do you think Kulfi is aware enough to realize her daughter might feel abandoned?

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard? Why or why not. Use examples from Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and your own life to support your answer.

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