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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Nataraj see in Vasu's room?
(a) The tiger skin laid out and ready for stuffing.
(b) Many stuffed animals, including his own cat.
(c) Decaying skins piled in a corner.
(d) The head of an elephant.

2. What is Nataraj's reaction to the problem the septuagenarian presents?
(a) Nataraj is deeply moved by the old man's plight.
(b) Nataraj tells him that it's not his problem.
(c) Nataraj wishes he would just go away.
(d) Nataraj vows to help him.

3. How does Sastri change the conversation with the septuagenarian?
(a) Sastri mentions Vasu as the possible offender.
(b) Sastri tells the old man to leave the building.
(c) Sastri demands action.
(d) Sastri knows more of the story and shares his insight.

4. What is the Star?
(a) The restaurant on the corner.
(b) The newspaper Nataraj prints.
(c) The newspaper printed right next door.
(d) The epic poem of Krishna.

5. What action does Vasu take regarding where he lives?
(a) He threatens Nataraj against trying to evict him.
(b) He tries to hide his business so as to not bother anyone.
(c) He starts looking for a house.
(d) He files a complaint against Nataraj as a landlord.

6. Why must Nataraj stay hidden behind his blue curtain while the court is in session?
(a) So Sastri can screen his visitors.
(b) Because the laywer has filed a petition to delay his summons saying he is out of town.
(c) So no one will interrupt his work.
(d) So that Vasu will not know he is there.

7. How does Nataraj feel about people coming through the blue curtain into the back of the press?
(a) Only people on business are allowed past the curtain into the back.
(b) The curtain is a barrier between two worlds and people are not invited to pass.
(c) Nataraj hates the curtain but Sastri insists on keeping it up for privacy.
(d) The curtain is often left open for conversation and light to pass.

8. What is a rakshasa?
(a) A man-eating tiger.
(b) A small weasel like predator in the Mempi forest.
(c) A demoniac creature with strange powers that recognizes no restraints of man or God.
(d) A situation in which the person with true power is left powerless in the face of a lesser power with more conviction.

9. What does Nataraj say he should have done if he cared for a peaceful existence?
(a) Run the printing press by himself.
(b) Reject Vasu on the first day.
(c) Negotiate with his family.
(d) Close his parlour.

10. What does speaking to Vasu remind Nataraj of?
(a) Taming a wild tiger.
(b) Speaking to his father when he was a little boy.
(c) Speaking with a foreigner.
(d) None of the above.

11. What does Nataraj admire about Vasu even when they are no longer friends?
(a) His strength of character and ability to pursue his own will.
(b) His confidence in the face of danger.
(c) His work ethic and success as a taxidermist.
(d) His independence.

12. Why was the printing job Nataraj was working on when Vasu takes him away urgent?
(a) The wedding was in two weeks.
(b) The daily edition had to be printed early in the day.
(c) It was for a very influential person.
(d) The order was already late.

13. What stories does Sastri tell Nataraj?
(a) Sastri tells Nataraj about the falls of many seemingly invincible rakshasas.
(b) Sastri tells stories about men who don't know their own powers.
(c) Sastri tells stories of how rakshasas bring down those of great might.
(d) Sastri tells stories about how to kill a rakshasa.

14. What is the first action of Vasu in The Man-eater of Malgudi?
(a) The first action of Vasu is to threaten Nataraj.
(b) The first action of Vasu is to order a large printing job.
(c) The first action of Vasu is to show Nataraj a selection of his work.
(d) The first action of Vasu is to barge through the curtain, violating the traditions of Nataraj's press.

15. How does Vasu end up in Nataraj's attic?
(a) He is curious and goes up when Nataraj is not looking.
(b) He is looking for Nataraj.
(c) He goes up to try to get rid of the scorpions and snakes.
(d) He goes up to inspect the paper with the old moslem.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Nataraj consult to help decide what to do about Vasu?

2. How do Sen and the poet react when Vasu comes into the parlor?

3. Which of the following best describes the relationship between Nataraj and Sastri?

4. Who does Nataraj run into that helps him with his situation?

5. Which of the following best describes a philosophy practiced by Vasu?

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