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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. When Nataraj was growing up, why did his uncle give him money every day?

2. In chapter one, what part of the life Nataraj lives do we see?

3. Who currently lives in the house on Kabir Street?

4. How does Nataraj feel about people coming through the blue curtain into the back of the press?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Vasu arranges to move into Nataraj's attic.

2. When Nataraj goes into the attic with Vasu, what does he see? What transpires then between Vasu and Nataraj?

3. What is the financial situation between Nataraj and the adjournment lawyer?

4. What is in the second brown envelope that arrives for Nataraj and who is it from? What does he promise in response to it?

5. How does Vasu respond to Nataraj's first efforts to remove him from the attic?

6. What does Nataraj do early every morning?

7. What does Nataraj do when he has difficulty finding a puppy for the septuagenarian's grandson? How does his own son get involved?

8. How are the relationships Nataraj has with the people around him?

9. What goes on the front room of the shop that Nataraj runs?

10. What is the story of the house on Kabir Street?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Man-Eater of Malgudi, Vasu is labeled as a rakshasa that wreaks havoc and destruction wherever he goes. Write an essay about the destruction caused by Vasu.

1. Vasu causes destruction even as his livelihood. Write about the destruction Vasu causes in his pursuit of taxidermy, including both the initial damage and the consequences affecting those around him.

2. In what other ways does Vasu cause destruction? What are his intentions? Does he see the destruction he generates?

3. What is the destruction as seen by the eyes of Nataraj? What is the worst, according to him?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi is clearly suggests that one of the characters in the book is a rakshasa, or a man-eater.

Part 1. Who is the man-eater? Is there only one?

Part 2. What is a rakshasa, and what are their roles and stories in mythology?

Part 3. How do the actions of the character or characters indicate that they are rakshasas or man-eaters?

Essay Topic 3

The green folder with the accounts for the festival is the catalyst for some awkward interactions between Nataraj and Vasu. What role do the festival accounts play?

Part 1. What does the green folder represent? Why is its transference from Nataraj to Vasu important?

Part 2. Vasu never returns the green folder, but rather declares it lost. What is the significance of this?

Part 3. After Vasu's death, Nataraj sees the green folder and carefully takes it back without leaving prints so he won't be accused of stealing. Explain the significance of this scene.

Part 4. When Nataraj finally has the green folder back he still finds very little actual money. Rather, there is just the lists of people who gave money for the festival. Explain the symbolism behind this and the point R.K. Narayan is making.

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