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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened during the time Nataraj was studying at the Albert Mission?
(a) He had many dreams about an elephant.
(b) His grandfather passed away and his father inherited the ancestral home.
(c) He was betrothed by his family to a girl he refused to marry.
(d) The Star needed a new apprentice and offered him the position.

2. Who comes and wants to ask Nataraj questions about Vasu?
(a) The forestry officer.
(b) The septuagenarian.
(c) The police inspector.
(d) The adjournment lawyer.

3. How long does Vasu say the jeep ride he takes Nataraj on will take?
(a) The afternoon.
(b) Until evening.
(c) A couple hours.
(d) Five minutes.

4. What does Vasu bring back to the building with him all the time after he starts going to the forest?
(a) Big game hunters.
(b) People to look at and make offers on the stuffed tiger.
(c) Animals he has shot.
(d) Friends to discuss tiger hunting.

5. What does Vasu do in the village of Mempi?
(a) Summon the elephant with a great horn.
(b) Buy Nataraj a whole feast.
(c) Defend the village homes from the prowling tiger.
(d) Jump into his jeep and head into the jungle, leaving Nataraj stranded.

6. Nataraj denies that Vasu is a tenant, but claims he is what?
(a) A demon.
(b) A friend.
(c) A murderer.
(d) An invader.

7. How much room does Nataraj need for his printing press?
(a) He uses the back wall of his home where he can line up the machines.
(b) A shop downtown with three rooms.
(c) He can just squeeze everything into the place he has.
(d) The back room of the place he owns.

8. What action does Nataraj take regarding Vasu?
(a) He summons the police to evict him.
(b) He decides make Vasu's life difficult and hope he leaves.
(c) He pins a note on his door asking him to come talk to him, then tells him he needs the room.
(d) He confronts Vasu and tells him he must leave in a week.

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

10. Where is the village of Mempi?
(a) At the foot of a great mountain range.
(b) At the edge of the jungle.
(c) All of the above.
(d) A three hour jeep ride from Malgudi.

11. What answer does Vasu give Nataraj about whether he found a house to live in?
(a) He said his house would be available in several months.
(b) He has a house but he rented it out for the money.
(c) He doesn't give an answer.
(d) He is no longer looking for a house.

12. Which of the following is a phrase used to describe Vasu?
(a) Considerate to a fault.
(b) Intellectually honed.
(c) Gentle oaf.
(d) Lord of the universe.

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

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 show Nataraj a selection of his work.
(c) The first action of Vasu is to barge through the curtain, violating the traditions of Nataraj's press.
(d) The first action of Vasu is to order a large printing job.

15. When Nataraj was growing up, why did his uncle give him money every day?
(a) To make a donation to the goddess for the sacred animals.
(b) To buy bullets to scare away the crows and squirrels.
(c) To buy mice for the pet eagle.
(d) To buy sugar to feed the ants.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following most accurately portrays the conversations between Nataraj and Vasu as of chapter two?

2. What are the dynamics between Vasu and the poet?

3. What action does Vasu take regarding where he lives?

4. What does Nataraj tell Vasu's friend about the printing job?

5. What new problem brought on by Vasu bothers Sastri at the press?

(see the answer keys)

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