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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 the lama say he sometimes wonders about Kim?

2. Where is the novel set?

3. What does Father Victor say he would give a good deal to be able to do?

4. What is the sole ornament that is on the table in the mess tent?

5. What does Kim hold as he is belly-crawling towards the mess tent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kimball O'Hara's connection to the Red Bull?

2. What does the lama believe about the Holy River?

3. What do Kim and the lama do at the end of Chapter 7?

4. What agreement does Kim make with the lama in Chapter 1?

5. When and where does Kim take place?

6. What does the lama lecture the soldier about and how does the soldier point out an inconsistency in the lama?

7. What happens when Kim and the lama approach Umballa?

8. What does the lama do when he and Kim enter the railway station?

9. What is the Grand Trunk Road?

10. How does the farmer on the outskirts of Umballa first respond to Kim and the lama, and what changes the farmer's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

Compare/contrast the characters of Kim and the lama. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples. Compare/contrast the characters of Mookerjee and Ali. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

Essay Topic 2

During their journey, the lama preaches to the soldier the virtues of maintaining detachment from worldly items, emotions, and actions in order to attain Enlightenment.

Discuss the idea of detachment as the lama explains it to Kim. How does the lama relate detachment to enlightenment when he talks to Kim about them? Use examples from Kim to support your response.

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 Kim help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Kim? Why or why not. Use examples from Kim and your own life to support your answer.

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