Island 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 does she compare her mother to?

2. Does Murugan follow these practices?

3. How does Will feel about his marooning on Pala?

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

5. What is Maithuna?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define self determination also known as destiny control in Palanese terms.

2. What are Murugan's plans for Pala?

3. What seems so foreign about the way the people of Pala deal with fear?

4. What are some reasons Pala was unpopular?

5. What did Will find humiliating about working as a journalist?

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

7. What does Will believe was the result of the Rani's teachings to Murugan?

8. What does Will notice about Bahu's compliment to Nurse Radha?

9. How do the Palanese keep from feeling despair when reading about history?

10. What strikes fear into Will's heart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the Palanese justify Artificial Insemination? What is your opinion about the way the people of Pala reproduce selectively? Do you think that it is justifiable in their logic? Does this cater to your religious standpoints or not? How do you feel personally about selective breeding in this sense?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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