Island Test | Final 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. Who shows up at Shanta and Vijaya's house?

2. Who turns out to be the father of the baby Shanta is nursing?

3. How did Will feel the moment Molly died?

4. Why didn't the Palanese ever export his work?

5. What is a Palanese criterion of a good school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Dr. Robert deals with Lakshmi's death.

2. What does the mountain climb ordeal teach the youth of Pala and what happens afterwards?

3. What is Leela Rao's position on the island? What makes her important?

4. In Pala, what is "grace" and how does this version of "grace" differ from ours?

5. What does Will tell Susila on impulse and how does he expect her to react?

6. How are animals treated on Pala versus the rest of the world?

7. What does Will notice about the differences between Lakshmi and Aunt Mary?

8. What is the symbolism of the Scarecrows? Quote from the book and then simplify.

9. What is the difference between the Palanese use of Pavlovian conditioning versus the rest of the world?

10. Explain why Mrs. Narayan is a justified optimist.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the Palanese deal with grief? How does it differ from the way we deal with it if we used Will's example? Which do you think is more healthy, theirs or ours?

Essay Topic 2

Write a 2000-word essay on the contrasts of light and darkness throughout the book, and the significance of this theme to the plot development. Why do you think the author chooses to use this theme?

Essay Topic 3

Bahu believes that Pala is so perfect that it is an "affront to God." What do you think about this statement? Argue either for or against this statement in at least four paragraphs, using quotes from the book.

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