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

2. Who does Nataraj run into that helps him with his situation?

3. Who comes and wants to ask Nataraj questions about Vasu?

4. What does Nataraj do early every morning?

5. What is the state of the citrus tree behind the house on Kabir Street?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Vasu returns, and what does he want to show Nataraj?

2. What happened to the transaction with the client that Nataraj left waiting when he left with Vasu?

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

4. What was the bus ride back to Malgudi like for Nataraj?

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

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

7. How does Nataraj feel about Vasu living upstairs?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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?

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