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

2. How many people work with Nataraj at his press?

3. Why does Nataraj feel silly in Mempi?

4. What interaction does Vasu have with a woman and her daughter on the roadside?

5. Why was Nataraj a little disappointed that Vasu was not drunk during the jeep ride to Mempi?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the business transaction unfold between Nataraj and Vasu?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the relationship developing in chapter two between Vasu and Nataraj. What are their interactions like?

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

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

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

R.K. Narayan portrays and unflattering picture of science and logic in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about this topic.

Part 1. What character most represents a scientific and logical standpoint? How does this character get along with those around him? What is he governed by?

Part 2. Who is most counters science and logic in the book? How?

Part 3. Cite some interactions between characters to give insight into the point R.K. Narayan is making about the interaction of the spiritual with logic and science.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

All the main characters in The Man-eater of Malgudi represent some faction or sentiment of the English occupation of India.

Part 1. What does each character represent? Are they blatant or subtle?

Part 2. How is each character identifiable as representing the person or thing of historical India? Give some examples of how each character is identifiable.

Part 3. Do any of the characters change during the book? If so, what does this mean, and do they represent a historical change as well?

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