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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 Nataraj promise the sanitary inspector from the health department?

2. Which of the following is a phrase used to describe Vasu?

3. What did Vasu hear about when they reached Mempi?

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

5. How much room does Nataraj need for his printing press?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the affair regarding the septuagenarian and a dog?

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

3. Who is Rangi, and how do Sastri and Nataraj cross paths with her? What does Nataraj surmise when he starts seeing her?

4. Who is Vasu, what is his history, and what is the first thing he does in his relationship with Nataraj?

5. What kind of events unfold in chapter one of "The Man-eater of Malgudi?"

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

7. How does Vasu get along with the poet and Babu? Give examples.

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

9. What is the friendship between Vasu and Nataraj like after Nataraj tells Vasu he will need the attic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Consider this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated."

Part 1. Do you agree with the quote? Why or why not?

Part 2. Why is this theme central to the story The Man-eater of Malgudi?

Part 3. How does the treatment of animals help define the characters of Nataraj and Vasu?

Essay Topic 3

The interactions between Vasu and Nataraj are especially important in The Man-Eater of Malgudi. Write an essay explaining why.

Part 1. Who do Nataraj and Vasu represent? Why are their interactions so important?

Part 2. Find interactions or dialogue between Vasu and Nataraj and analyze it as it relates to historical figures, groups, and events.

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