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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 activity does Vasu start to engage in as his poaching becomes more difficult?

2. What had lived before in the house on Kabir street?

3. What is the relationship between Nataraj and Vasu like for a couple weeks after the court summons?

4. What does speaking to Vasu remind Nataraj of?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does Nataraj seek help in resolving his legal affairs?

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

6. How does Nataraj feel about Vasu living in the attic as he observes him practicing his profession? Why?

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

8. Who does Vasu bring to the press to meet Nataraj, and what happens?

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

10. How does Nataraj end up on a long day trip with no money and with a client waiting in his press?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Man-Eater of Malgudi the animal hospital is nothing but a barren field despite the fully trained veterinarian and all his equipment sitting in the little shack. Write an essay about the difficulties of international aid.

Part 1. Explain the situation of the animal hospital in The Man-Eater of Malgudi.

Part 2. Is there blame to be assigned to any party in such a situation? Who? What could have been done for a better result?

Part 3. What are some of the crucial aspects to keep in mind when developing international aid projects? Are there logical steps to take to avoid wastes such as the animal hospital?

Essay Topic 2

"The universe," says Sastri, "has survived all the rakshasas that were ever born. Every demon carries within him, unknown to himself, a tiny seed of self-destruction, and goes up in thin air at the most unexpected moment."

This quote by Sastri represents a central theme of the book: the conflict of good and evil. Write an essay about the sentiment behind this quote.

Part 1. Do you agree with Sastri's sentiment? Does evil carry the seed of its own destruction?

Part 2. Cite other works, religious or fictional, that address this concept. What do they have to say?

Essay Topic 3

A big part of the message in the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi was in the way the book ended. Write an essay about the final happenings of the book.

Part 1. Discuss the symbolic importance of the various characters in the final chapters; Include at least Kumar in the procession, Nataraj at home, Vasu in his attic, Rangi dancing, and the poet's creation at the heart of the celebration.

Part 2. Now discuss the important actions taken by these figures and how they relate to historical events.

Part 3. Discuss the death of Vasu. How many characters tried to protect Kumar from him? Did any of them succeed in taking definitive action against him? What did foil Vasu? What is R.K. Narayan saying by that?

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