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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

Essay Topic 1

Vasu is a central character in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about Vasu.

Part 1. Describe the character of Vasu. Who does he represent from the history of India?

Part 2. Give examples from the book of the actions of Vasu and explain how they parallel and symbolize the English occupation of India.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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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