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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 is the difference between Will and Susila's pain?

2. After Murugan resisted the temptation of the young girl, who did they send?

3. Why did the waves of invasion pass Pala by?

4. What is the first word(s) Will hears when he wakes up?

5. What is the first culture difference Will perceives on this island?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Will say about what Colonel Dipa will bring to the island?

2. What does Moksha-medicine do for the Palanese?

3. What intrigues Will about Murugan?

4. Why does Murugan view the ceremony at the temple with open contempt?

5. What is a Rakshasi, and what is the Rakshasi Hornpipe?

6. Murugan appears at Will's bed and engages in a dialogue. What does this dialogue portray Murugan to be?

7. What are the differences between what Will remembers about the Oedipus play and what Mary recounts?

8. What is Will's incarnation of evil?

9. Define the term "mother" in Palanese terms.

10. What is the primary difference between the pain of Susila and Will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What could lead Will to believe that Murugan was having a sexual relationship with Colonel Dipa? Is this a valid conclusion based on the evidence in the first few chapters? What argues for this logic? What argues against it? Quote your supporting statements from the book.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the title of the book Murugan is reading in Chapter 10? How does this title juxtapose Murugan's beliefs against those of the citizens of Pala? Can you make a similar juxtaposition in our culture? How is this relevant to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Palanese medicine to ours. Which do you think is more effective? What about the rant that Ms. Radha goes into about health care outside of Pala? Can you see any truth to that argument? Think of one situation in which we treat but do not cure the disease. Quote supporting text from the book or from other sources.

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