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Mid-Book 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 comes and wants to ask Nataraj questions about Vasu?

2. After the court summons, what is the next thing official thing to arrive for Nataraj in a brown envelope?

3. Which of the following best describes Vasu's presence in the parlor?

4. Who interrupts Vasu and Nataraj's conversation? What is Vasu's reaction?

5. Who gives Nataraj cold looks when he runs into them on the street?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Vasu receive in the mail from the forestry department, and what is his reaction to it?

3. How does Sastri say that demons usually meet their demise?

4. What does Nataraj fear that Vasu will do in order to retaliate regarding the forestry officer and what does he do about it?

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

6. What happens when Nataraj visits Vasu as the procession approaches?

7. What does Sastri learn from Rangi about how Vasu died?

8. What happens when the forestry officer comes to the press looking for Vasu?

9. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?

10. Who does Nataraj employ at the printing press? What is his relationship with his hired help?

Essay Topics

The author of The Man-eater of Malgudi is a respected and prolific author. Write an essay about R.K. Narayan.

Part 1. Biography. Where did R.K. Narayan grow up and study? When did he live and what important events did he witness?

Part 2. What influence on his work did the political situation of era he lived in have?

Part 3. What others works has he produced and what recognition has he received?

In the book The Man-eater of Malgudi, Nataraj goes through a transformation. Write an essay about how Nataraj changes from the beginning of the story to the end.

Part 1. In the beginning of the book, what is important to Nataraj? How well does he fit into his community?

Part 2. As the book progresses, what influences exert pressure on Nataraj and induce change?

Part 3. By the end of the book, how has Nataraj changed? What is important to him? How well does he get along with the community around him?

The elephant Kumar was a central character in the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi. Even though he was not an active character, he was one of great importance.

Part 1. Why was Kumar so important? What did he represent?

Part 2. Why did R.K. Narayan choose an elephant for the role of Kumar? Could it have been an tiger? What do elephants in general represent?

Part 3. What saved Kumar in the end? How close was Kumar to being lost? What would have been the symbolic consequences of losing Kumar?

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